Classic Windows Spyware now availble for Macs

Once you have given it your admin password, its just like old times.

Security Firm Discovers Spyware in Mac Software – PCWorld Business Center

As to the spyware’s invasive actions, it allegedly dupes users into handing over their admin passwords with a dialog claiming that it “market research” software will be installed to collect browsing and purchasing history. OSX/OpinionSpy then installs a process called “PremierOpinion” that runs as root. Intego says the spyware then opens an HTTP backdoor on port 8254, scans all accessible local and networked volumes, and injects code into Safari, Firefox, and iChat in memory (meaning it doesn’t alter the applications themselves). It also regularly transmits encrypted data to a variety of servers, which contains e-mail addresses, iChat message headers, and URLs–as well as potentially personal data like usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, bookmarks, and browsing history.

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Published in: on June 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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