Dockster Mac malware found on Dalai Lama-related website

Graham Cluley
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Our friends at F-Secure have blogged today about a website connected to the Dalai Lama being infected with some Mac malware via a Java exploit.

The Mac malware, which some vendors are calling Dockster, is detected by Sophos’s anti-virus software (including our free anti-virus for Mac home users) as OSX/Bckdr-RNW.

Sophos intercepts various elements of the malware as Exp/20124681-A, Mal/JavaGen-J, Exp/20120507-A, and Mal/JavaGen-G.

Exp/201020507 should be familiar with those who follow Mac security news, as it’s the same drive-by Java exploit that was abused in the hard-hitting Flashback attack against Mac computers earlier this year.

The good news is that Sophos products have actually been protecting users from visiting the affected website ( since October 5th, when our monitoring systems first detected a security problem…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.