Tored – a lame email worm for Mac OS X

Graham Cluley

A few days ago our labs analysed a new piece of Apple Mac malware, OSX/Tored-A.

Mac malware is still a lot less commonly encountered than Windows malware – although we are seeing a steady increase in reports of threats targeting the Apple operating system in the last couple of years.

Most of the examples of Mac malware we have seen recently are actually Trojan horses, planted on websites or P2P networks posing as – perhaps – codecs in order to watch a sexy video, a utility for viewing high definition TV, or pretending to be a pirated version of iWork.

OSX/Tored is different, however, because it is an email-aware worm which attempts to scoop up email addresses from your infected Mac computer and…

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.