Just when all Mac users snobbily assumed they were hack free, well guess again. A new backdoor Trojan for OS X is making an appearance, called “Pintsized” by Intego. It’s suspected of using a modified version of OpenSSH to set up a reverse shell, which in turn, creates a secure connection to a remote server. Thus, prepared to steal data.
Since the encryption connection uses the common SSH protocol,it makes it hard to detect and trace. The “pintsized” malware creates a sneaky alias by disguising its files to look like components of the OS X printing system.
File names reported are:
cupsd (Mach-O binary)
According to Intego, “It’s believed that this was a targeted attack, perhaps dropped by an exploit. At the time of writing, all of the network components have been sinkholed so it’s unable to receive commands.”
Toronto Professional Services Team
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