Mac OS X targeted by cyber-criminals

Kaspersky Lab says June saw a new backdoor virus which gave creators control over computers

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Mac OS X targeted by cyber-criminals Kaspersky's June threat report has revealed that hackers are continuing to target Mac OS.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 20, 2011

Mac OS X continued to be the target of cyber-criminals this June, with a new backdoor virus - Backdoor.OSX.Olyx.a - being released by cyber-criminals. The backdoor virus is designed to provide attackers with remote control of victim's machines and enables them to use infected computers to download more malware, launch programmes and send commands to an interpreter for execution, according to Kaspersky Lab's June report.

June also brought some tough times for cyber-criminals and successes for law-enforcement agencies in the US, Russia and Southeast Asia.

In the US, two international cybercrime groups that made money from fake antivirus programmes were shut down, the damage caused by the two groups is estimated to be $74 million. The operation to shut them down involved US law enforcement and agencies from 11 other countries.

Six-hundred people suspected of implementing fraudulent online schemes were also arrested in several Southeast Asian countries, while in Russia, Pavel Vrublevsky, owner of Russia's biggest payment processing centre ChronoPay, was arrested on charges of organising a DDoS attack on a competing service.

Russian scammers developed new malicious programmes targeting the BitCoins virtual money system. With the help of the new programme, they launched a legitimate BitCoins file on the victim's computer in an attempt to generate the cyber currency in their own accounts.

There were a large number of new malicious programmes in the Top 20 malicious programmes on the internet in June. The list was dominated by malware that makes use of drive-by attacks, such as redirectors, script downloaders and exploits. These made up 14 of the 20 places in the rating.

One of the more interesting new entries this month was Exploit.HTML.CVE-2010-4452.bc which uses a straightforward vulnerability in Java Runtime Environment to download and launch a Java exploit, which allows other malicious programmes to be installed on the victim computer.

In June, Kaspersky blocked 249,345,057 network attacks, prevented 68,894,639 attempted web-borne infections, detected and neutralized 216,177,223 malicious programmes and 83,601,457 heuristic verdicts were registered, according to Kaspersky.

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