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Sophisticated Moke backdoor malware attacks OS X

Recently, Apple users got a huge surprise when the iPhone 7 was released without any headphone jack. It is the death of the headphone jack on iPhones.

Besides the headphone surprise, there is a more sinister surprise lurking around the corner. Someone has discovered a backdoor malware targetting OS X which is even worse.

Antivirus company Kaspersky Lab announced that the backdoor they have found is the type of malware that if it is exploited by any government against customers.

Last January, they have found a new breed of cross-platform backdoor malware that targets desktop environments.

Upon their discovery of the code or binaries for Linux and Windows based systems, they have finally come across an OS X version of the Mokes.A variant. It is written in C++ using Qt, a cross-platform application framework, and is statically linked to OpenSSL.

They have dubbed the malware as Backdoor.OSX.Mokes which is not unique to Apple.

The said malware allows hackers do a lot of nasty surveilance type which include taking screenshots, grab videos and harvest keystrokes. In a nutshell, it is more of a nightmare rather than a malware.

This is considered the most recent OS X variant type of backdoor that runs cross-platform that runs on all major operating systems. Another thing is, it is able to execute arbitrary commands on the victims compupters.

The alarming part of this malware is that it is armed with a 256-bit AES-256-CBC encryption protection.

The malware has been designed to use port 80 to connect to a command and control center and is difficult to detect, block and remove according to Kaspersky.

Everyone is being warned to be vigilant of the said attack.

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