[ISN] Macs users targeted by do-it-yourself crimeware kit

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 09:52:39 -0500 (CDT)

By Ted Samson 
May 03, 2011

Apple has been cashing in on the increased attention it's garnered from 
the business and consumer worlds in recent years. Unfortunately, the 
ne'er-do-wells of the technology world continue to step up their 
attempts to get a piece of the action, targeting malware squarely at Mac 

IT security experts, such as InfoWorld Security Adviser Roger Grimes, 
have argued that obscurity is the greatest security defense a platform 
can have, which is why Windows and Internet Explorer have historically 
been hit more successfully than Mac or Safari. Even just a couple of 
years ago, malware targeting the Mac -- such as MacSweeper, the first 
scareware for the Mac -- was something of a novelty, even though the Mac 
OS had proven itself far from bulletproof.  But as experts have 
predicted, Mac-honed malware is becoming more and more the norm.

One of the more notable developments of the Mac attracting cyber 
criminal attention is the emergence of the what's purportedly the 
world's first do-it-yourself crimeware kit primed for Mac OS X. Just 
recently announced in some closed underground forums, according to 
Danish IT security company CSIS Security Group, the tool enables users 
to build malware to turn victim Mac OS X machines into zombies with 
point-and-click simplicity.

The kit, called Weyland-Yutani Bot, comprises a builder that enables a 
user to create malware capable of Web injections and form grabbing, 
according to the kit's creator. It also boasts an administration panel 
and supports encryption.


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