Home Business IT Security Trojan steals passwords from Mac and Linux

Dr Web, a Russian AV software company, says it has spotted a piece of malware that - unusually - targets Linux and Mac OS X.

Named Wirenet.1 by Dr Web, this newly discovered piece of malware apparently provides its masters with a backdoor into infected systems.

It also steals password entered by the user in several popular browsers (Chrome, Chromium, Firefox and Opera) or stored in other applications including Pidgin, SeaMonkey and Thunderbird.

And as if that wasn't enough, it includes a keylogger to capture the user's keystrokes.

Wirenet.1 installs itself into the user's home directory using the name WIFIADAPT.

The company is still investigating how the malware is being spread.

Wirenet.1 is detected and removed by Dr Web's AV products for Mac and Linux, and presumably other vendors will follow suit.

One mitigation is to block communication with 212.7.208.65, which is the control server used by the attackers.

FREE REPORT - IT MONITORING TOOLS COMPARISON

Are you looking to find the most efficient IT Monitoring tool available?

IT Monitoring is an essential part of the operations of any organisation with a significant network architecture.

Multiple IT monitoring platforms are available on the market today, supporting the various needs of small, medium-sized, and large enterprises, as well as managed service providers (MSPs).

This new report studies and compares eight different IT monitoring products in terms of functionality, operations, and usability on the same server platform with 100 end devices.

Which product is easiest to deploy, has the best maintenance mode capabilities, the best mobile access and custom reporting, dynamic thresholds setting, and enhanced discovery capabilities?

Download your free report to find out.

DOWNLOAD!

Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

Connect