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Mac Trojan by a Hacker

Mac Trojan by a Hacker

Proving that Apple is the number one choice for everyone, even hackers, Sophos researchers have found a Trojan horse written for Mac.

This Trojan is called Black Hole RAT. (Here RAT means Remote Administration Tool). It is quite easy to find it on online hacking forums. You can even find demonstrative video on Youtube telling what it is capable of. It helps hackers to send commands remotely to cheat a user.

Black Hole is a type of Windows Trojan by the name of darkComet. The source code for it is available freely. So maybe the author of Black hole took the code and made some changes to make it run on Mac.

One of the many uses for this Trojan is the capability to come up with fake Admin Password windows to phish the user. It also places text files on your desktop. Hackers can use this Trojan to remotely control the Mac with commands like sleep, shut down or restart.

They can even run shell commands via the Trojan, and send URLS to a client to open the website.

Since Mac is getting popular everyday, it is becoming a hot spot for criminals. Though Mac viruses are not very common, but they have begun to grow. The deficiency of Trojans and viruses was the advertising point of Apple devices. It was known only last week that Apple has started calling security experts to inspect the Mac OS X Lion developer preview, the forthcoming operating system for Mac.

Well known security experts including Dino Dai Zovi and Charlie Miller were requested to examine security measures incorporated in the beta version of Lion. This is the first time Apple has invited researchers and experts to the company. Before this, only the core developers had an access to the software of the company for scrutiny.

A Trojan targeting java based Mac OS X was spread last October through social networking, by tricking people into clicking on a link. Though this Trojan did get some attention, but it did not have a large impact on Mac users.

So Mac users, are you afraid of the growing number of viruses lurking out there? Do you think Mac will be as unsafe as Windows in the coming future? Write to us…

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