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      Kirsty
      AskWoody MVP

      Bugging Out: Fruitfly Malware Swarms MacOS Users
      By Douglas Bonderud | July 25, 2017

       
      Back in January, a new piece of MacOS malware – dubbed Fruitfly – was found in the wild, infecting and compromising hundreds of devices over the last decade.

      While Apple released a patch for the strain found in January, version 2.0 of this bug continued to evade detection for another six months.

      …that 90 percent of the victims were in the U.S., with a larger concentration in Ohio. He believed that the malware is the work of a single cybercriminal, rather than a nation-state actor.

      Fruitfly malware seems to have naturally reached end of life. Still, two problems persist. First is overconfidence. While it’s unlikely that MacOS was compromised, many users remain convinced that Mac defenses will prevent any infection no matter how or where they surf the web.

      The second problem is the ability of this malware to fly under the radar for years, even as it took complete control of victims’ devices … its infection methods and abilities remain relative unknowns, meaning there’s plenty of room for new swarms to emerge and challenge MacOS security.

      Fruitfly is a reminder that MacOS isn’t infallible, and malware isn’t one-size-fits-all. Even ordinary users are now under threat from bothersome bugs.

       
      Read the full article here

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    • #129289 Reply

      Therese
      AskWoody Lounger

      Hi there! I am a Mac user (along other Windows devices). El captainis my version.

      As I am a bit paranoid about security, I have an antivirus. Avast.  Is there any way to know you are infected by this Fruitfly?

      I run every week Malwarebytes antimalwares, never got any threats. Only once months ago,  but Avast did his job.

      Thanks to clear it for me!

      • #129290 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody MVP

        @therese
        A link in the article referenced above is for objective-see.com, which has a range of free OS-X security tools; the one that is recommended is Oversight, to enable an alert to users when a webcam or mic is activated.
        The article also mentions BlockBlock, but I see this is still in beta. It’s purpose: “BlockBlock continually monitors common persistence locations and displays an alert whenever a persistent component is added to the OS.”

      • #129291 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody MVP

        The recently discovered Fruitfly can have serious implications for your business.
        By Dakota McDonald | 7 August 2017

         
        The exact method that Fruitfly uses to infect machines is still unknown, but it involves tricking users into clicking on malicious links in fraudulent emails. While it’s true that the primary “command and control” server used by Fruitfly’s creator was shut down, there are potentially hundreds (if not thousands) of infected computers in use that still have the malware strain hidden inside.

        Due to the nebulous nature of Fruitfly, there aren’t specific steps that you can take to protect yourself, or remove an infection that’s already occurred. Security experts recommend that Mac users install a program like OverSight, a tool specifically designed to monitor the use of a computer’s microphone and webcam.

         
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      • #129292 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody MVP

        I’ve just stumbled across a TechRepublic article on how to use OverSight 🙂
        Hope it helps

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