Windows malware “Snake” is well-known to those in the Windows world ever since it was first discovered back in 2008, which then made it’s way to Linux and now it’s trying to come over to the Mac.
It was found earlier this week, where it was used to look like an Adobe Flash Player installed buried inside a file called “Install Adobe Flash Player.app.zip” designed to look like a legitimate Adobe installer, however it’s signed by an illegitimate certificate.
Although it does install Adobe Flash Player, it also installs additional software that puts your Mac and the contents of it in danger, providing a backdoor into your Mac. The malware is hidden deep inside the /Library/Scripts/ folder and have been disguised as Adobe Launch processes.
In all, this is one of the sneakier bits of Mac malware lately. Although it’s still “just a Trojan,” it’s a quite convincing one if distributed properly. Although Mac users tend to scoff at Trojans, believing them to be easy to avoid, this is not always the case.
Apple has already gone ahead and cancelled the certificate which was being used in this malware, however if it’s almost made it’s way to the Mac, we urge all Mac users to take caution when downloading anything from the internet.
Those infected by Snake could have their data stolen, which includes login information, passwords and files. To avoid this, Apple recommends downloading ALL content only from the Mac App Store or from trusted developers.
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