- The Russian security web Dr. Web has discovered a new virus for OS X called iWorm
- Is introduced into computers using this operating system, such as iMac or MacBook Air, and becomes bots
- Apparently there are more than 18,000 abducted Macs
Apple boasts that their operating systems are the safest in the world, and in a way it is. At least from the point of view mainstream.
But that is safe does not mean you are immune to the virus , especially if they take advantage of a security breach, as it seems to make a new worm OS X , discovered by the Russian web Dr. Web , in a story that comes to us via IB Times.
This new OS X virus , colloquially called iWorm (his full name is Mac.Backdoor. iWorm ), uses a security flaw in the operating system to sneak into your computer, either an iMac, MacBook Air, or any other model that use OS X .
Dr. Web has not explained how computers are infected, but as they become bots : zombie computers controlled remotely by hackers.
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iWorm makes access to the infected Mac news aggregator Reddit and look for some specific comments on the Discussion section. Hackers have left server addresses in these reviews, the virus iWorm used to connect to them and getting attackers to gain remote control of the Mac.
According to the website of Russian security, using this system have managed to assemble an army of 18,000 bots, for now, have not used. The bots usually kidnapped or computers are used to send spam to undermine cryptographic currencies like Bitcoin, or perform DDoS attacks to certain services you want to block. Perhaps they were waiting to control a larger number of computers before using them for the purpose they had in mind.
Luckily, Dr. Web ensures that the security software OS X has been updated to protect iWorm.
This is the biggest virus attack Macs since 2012, when nearly half a million were infected by other malware.