Sabpab, new Mac OS X backdoor Trojan horse discovered

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

More malware for the Mac OS X platform has been discovered, hot on the heels of the revelation that some 600,000 Macs had been infected in the Flashback attack.

And just like Flashback, the new Trojan doesn’t require any user interaction to infect your Apple Mac.

The Sabpab Trojan horse exploits the same drive-by Java vulnerability used to create the Flashback botnet.

The newly discovered Sabpab malware is in many ways a basic backdoor Trojan horse. It connects to a control server using HTTP, receiving commands from remote hackers as to what it should do. The criminals behind the attack can grab screenshots from…

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.

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