As an Apple user, if you think you are safe from being a victim of cyber crimes, you just need to think again. In a recent development, a new strain of malware has been detected that infects devices that run on MAC OS (Operating System). The range of malicious software applications imposes as bank websites and steals user credentials.
Experts opine that this range of malware was detected last May. However, back at that time, it was only known to spy on web traffic and unethically accessing website credentials. In contrast to that, recently it has been found to proactively redirecting traffic to a C&C server (command and control) in a desperate attempt to harvest the user information. This drastic change in its operational approach has taken many cyber crime specialists by surprise. The worst thing about the OSX/Dok malware is it can manage to go so deep into Mac OS’ configuration that its removal becomes practically impossible from an affected device.
Apple gadgets are usually considered safer, from the aspect of malware contamination, than those running on Windows OS. But OSX/Dok seems to have turned this belief into a joke. After getting inside a device, the malware follows a brilliant strategy and disables all its security updates. Simultaneously, it redirects all traffic to the local machine. Thus, according to senior security firewall experts, it becomes unbelievably difficult to detect and remove it.
To make the story more gruesome, the malware is smart enough to bypass the Apple Gatekeeper. According to experts in the field, the developers of the malware have purchased a large number of certificates, which they attach to it. To counter this, Apple is promptly canceling those certificates to get even with the malicious. However, a fresh lot of such certificates is being unearthed almost on a daily basis.In this overall situation, cyber security experts are pinning hope on Apple to issue a security upgrade any time now that will stop OSX/Dok bypass Gatekeeper.
— Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) May 2, 2017
In this overall situation, cyber security experts are pinning hope on Apple to issue a security upgrade any time now that will stop OSX/Dok bypass Gatekeeper