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10 Latest Malware Designed to Infect Mac - Part 1 of 2

March 24, 2017

No doubt, Apple releases regular security updates to fix and prevent security loopholes, Mac devices are not completely invincible in the absence of a little help. Web attackers constantly search for OS and application level vulnerabilities. Malware attacks targeting Mac users are on the rise and the trend is set to continue as more and more hackers set their scopes on Mac users. Staying protected is very important and installing a solid Mac antivirus solution is key. That said, this two-part series looks at latest malware that you need to keep away from your system from by installing a virus detection app for Mac.

Take a look.

1. Xagent

Xagent is one of the latest malware that specifically targets Mac users by sneaking into the system and stealing system data. According to a recent report by Bitdefender, Xagent is a sophisticated malware that can steal system passwords, take screenshots, and extract iOS backups stored on the Mac device. The malware can also cause further damage, as it can read hardware and software configuration on the infected system, find a list of running processes, and run other malicious files. Though the creator of the malware is still unknown, the only way to stay secure is installing a solid Mac antivirus solution.

2. OSX Pirrit

Though the OSX Pirrit malware is believed to spread through Microsoft Office, only a limited number of Mac users know that it can spread through cracked software versions available for free download on torrent sites and other platforms. The malware gains root privileges on an infected Mac and causes all possible access or identity related damage. The malware can also plant new installer files on any Mac device to exacerbate the level of infection. iDoctor strongly discourages Mac users from installing unlicensed or cracked software. iDoctor app can help Mac users keep away OSX/Pirrit attacks.

3. MacDownloader

MacDownloader is a complex malware that masquerades as a Adobe Flash Player update. As soon as a Mac user installs the ‘update’, another pop up flashes saying that your Mac contains adware and you need to login using your Mac credentials to remove it. The moment you enter your credentials, MacDownloader attempts to secretly transmit crucial data along with all usernames, passwords, and financial credentials to a remote server that belongs to the attacker. Mac users who rush to install updates without checking their source are most likely to get affected. To protect your Mac from getting infected, consider installing a virus detection app.

4. Fruitfly

Fruitfly is a malware that first came into notice in 2014 and can strike anytime in the absence of adequate protection. The malware can infect multiple Mac devices in a Network, leading to several undesirable consequences for the user. Fruitfly can steal images stored on your Mac and webcam data, posing a direct threat to your personal data. Though Apple has an Xprotect file on every Mac device to check for Fruitfly attacks, it’s always better to have an additional layer of defence to protect crucial data. Go for a reputable and licensed Mac antivirus solution to stay protected at all times.

5.  KeRanger

KeRanger infected many windows endpoints in the past and may spread to Mac in 2017 and beyond, given the growing popularity of Apple devices. KeRanger can be planted in Mac devices through shady email attachments and unreliable websites through executables. Web attackers may also hack a website to plant the malware directly into Mac devices. The ransomware affected over 7000 Mac devices in 2016, wherein hackers demanded one bitcoin in ransom to give files back to their owners. To stay protected from KeRanger,  install a mac antivirus software to your system. Also try and avoid clicking suspicious links landing to your mailbox and only install software from Apple’s App Store.

Protect Your Mac Device Today

The web is awash with Mac malware and ransomware and there are more in the making. Mac users are prime targets of hacking attempts, as they are perceived to keep valuable data on their systems. To stay immune from online and offline threats, you need to install a mac antivirus solution that complements in-built Mac security. iDoctor is an app that provides complete virus protection for your Mac device along with several other tools to monitor and optimize your system performance as well as track it when lost or stolen. Check out the second installment of this two-part series for the other 5 threats to Mac systems. To learn more about iDoctor or get expert help installing, configuring, and licensing your copy of iDoctor, connect with our technical experts by filling out our contact form. You can also Download and Launch our Remote Support Tool.

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