OS X Trojan

A new OS X Trojan has been spotted in the wild. The Trojan has been given the identifier “TheOSX/Hovdy-A”, and can perform somewhat advanced attacks against an infected machine. The Trojan takes advantage of a recent escalation exploit within applescript to gain root access to the machine. Once root, the Trojan can manipulate the firewall, steal passwords, and disable security settings. As OS X becomes more popular, we can expect to see more malicious software aimed it. Don’t assume that you’re safe just because you’re on a Mac, follow all of the precautions that your would with any other OS and practice safe surfing!

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