Foxit PDF reader for Mac? Or malware?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Foxit Reader is a popular alternative to Adobe’s PDF reading utilities, allowing Windows users the ability to view Adobe Acrobat files without some of the extra baggage that Adobe’s own solutions carry with them.

However, Foxit Reader is not yet officially available for Apple Macs although the developer’s support forums has plenty of evidence that Mac users are hungry for a version for Mac OS X.

And it is these impatient users, perhaps, who are most at risk from hackers who have adopted the disguise of a version of Foxit Reader for Mac in their latest escapades.

According to a press release from the Foxit Corporation, hackers have disguised versions of the Jahlav Trojan horse as a pirated version of Foxit Reader for Mac.

Any user foolish enough to download a version of “Foxit Reader for Mac” from a source other than…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.