Mac OS X RSPlug Trojan horse: in pictures

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The security headlines are full today with news of a new piece of malicious code for the Mac OS X platform. 

The OSX/RSPlug-A Trojan horse changes DNS server entries on Apple Macintosh computers to direct surfers unwittingly to other websites.  This could be for the purposes of phishing, identity theft or simply to drive traffic to alternative websites.

In testing, we’ve found that DNS  servers are changed to point to ones located in Belarus. So now, when you ask for www.example.com you are relying on these Belarus servers to direct your internet traffic.  In other words, you are “pwned”! (“owned” for those of us who don’t speak dude-speak.)

Macintosh malware like RSPlug makes the headlines because it is so rare. A Trojan horse like this for Windows would never generate as many column inches because they are…

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.