Mac malware – mea culpa

Graham Cluley

Hi everyone.

I owe you all an apology.

Earlier this week, I blogged about some Apple Mac malware that was making minor headlines. In the process I managed to get my wires badly crossed, and confused the Troj/RKOSX Trojan horse that we have been detecting since August, and that Symantec and Trend published information about recently under the name of Lamzev, with a new variant of the Mac OS X worm RSPlug that Intego warned about this week.

So, in truth there do indeed seem to be two separate pieces of OS X malware being talked about at the moment. Intego were talking about RSPlug-D. Symantec and Trend have been talking about Lamzev (now also reported by Intego as OSX.TrojanKit.Malez).

As far as I know there is no link between OSX/RSPlug and Troj/RKOSX (also known as Lamzev or Malez).

So, dear readers,…

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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.