Macs fall prey to Botnets

First real security threat to Apple PCs spreads through unlicensed copies of iWork and Photoshop
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Symantec has found that two separate types of Trojan horse malware found on Macs combine to make the first Apple focused botnet.

According to Ars Technica, some pirated copies of iWork contain a program called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, while some unlicensed copies of Photoshop CS4 contain the OSX.Trojan.iServices.B variant.

When combined, the two Trojans create a backdoor with root privileges that allows an attacker to steal or view personal information as well as integrate the target PC in to a botnet.

It is estimated that this malware has infected more than 20,000 computers and it has already been implicated in at least two DDoS attacks.

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