Mac Security Alarm: Freely Distributed Mac Applications Installing Mac OSX/OpinionSpy Spyware

Since 1997, Intego has made a name for itself in the Internet security and privacy market for Apple Macintosh. This leading antivirus company Intego today announced that it discovered a new spyware application that is capable of infecting computers running Mac OS X. The spyware, known as “OSX/OpinionSpy”, is downloaded and installed on users’ computers via the installation process for unrelated applications hosted on several popular download sites.

VirusBarrier X6 alert for OpinionSpy Mac OS X Spyware

The OSX/OpinionSpy, performs a number of malicious actions, from scanning files to recording user activity, as well as sending information about this activity to remote servers and opening a backdoor on infected Macs and the worst thing is that the users have no way of knowing exactly what data is collected and sent to remote servers; such data may include user names, passwords, credit card numbers and more. The risk of this data being collected and used without users’ permission makes this spyware particularly dangerous to users’ privacy.

OSX/OpinionSpy is installed by a number of applications and screen savers that are distributed on sites such as MacUpdate, VersionTracker and Softpedia. Although the spyware itself is not contained in these applications, but is downloaded during the installation process.

For complete details of the malware’s actions are available here.

Antivirus OSX/OpinionSpy is a new Mac OS X version of Windows malware that has been floating around since 2008. [Via MacRumors]

via Mac Security Alarm: Freely Distributed Mac Applications Installing Mac OSX/OpinionSpy Spyware | The Readers Eye.

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