Mining Malware Attacks Apple Macs

Mining Malware Attacks Apple Macs

Mining Security
May 26, 2018 by Michael Blowers
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In a blog post on Apple’s online forums, a user has reported that a new type of Malware affecting Mac computers is forcing users to run software that mines Monero without the user knowing. The malware was first reported by Malwarebytes Labs, who in a recent blog post stated that the malware was first uncovered
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In a blog post on Apple’s online forums, a user has reported that a new type of Malware affecting Mac computers is forcing users to run software that mines Monero without the user knowing. The malware was first reported by Malwarebytes Labs, who in a recent blog post stated that the malware was first uncovered when a Mac user noticed a suspiciously large amount of CPU time being consumed. This process is known as “mshelper”. Malwarebytes Labs did state though that the malware is not very sophisticated and is easy to remove from the computer as long as you know that your computer has been infected.

Malwarebytes wrote that there are three main components to the malware.  These are the dropper, which is a program that downloads the malware; the launcher, which installs and launches the malware; and the miner itself, which is based on XMRig, an open source Monero miner. The company also stated that the dropper could be a form of a fake Adobe Flashplayer install file, which is used to download the malware onto one’s computer.

Cryptomining malware is usually thought of as being more of a problem for PC owners but this is a widespread problem for owners of all devices, such as Mac users. Even Internet providers have been caught illegally downloading mining malware onto users computers. Studies show that cryptocurrency mining was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers in 2017. With the massive spike in price for cryptocurrencies towards the end of 2017 came the influx of hacking groups creating all sorts of malicious software used to infiltrate computers to mine cryptocurrencies for the hackers gain. Reports show that the most detected cases of mining malware were found in Japan, India, Taiwan and the United States.

Cryptomining malware usually tends to be a subtle attack that rarely causes much harm to the computer, but it can dramatically slow down the computing power.  All in al,l it is a much easier to handle compared to some other kinds of malware can completely ruin ones computer but that doesn’t make it a pleasant thing to deal with.

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