It seems that Mac users are no longer immune to malware and viruses, as the latest string of crypto trojan attacks has proven that hackers can gain access and take control of Apple computers, The South African reported on February 18, 2019. CoinTicker, a Mac app that displays the current price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on a computer’s main menu bar, has been found to contain two separate pieces of malware. According to The South African, when downloaded, the app added a widget to the menu bar that shows cryptocurrency price movements as well as when they happen.
“Since the malware is distributed through a cryptocurrency app, however, it seems likely that the malware is meant to gain access to users’ cryptocurrency wallets for the purpose of stealing coins,” the company said in its blog post. And while the purpose of the backdoors is still unknown, Mac users were left with an even bigger question: From where did the malware originate? Lazarus, the notorious North Korean group of hackers, has reportedly been targeting Mac computers to steal cryptocurrency.
The increase in the amount of malware found in Mac apps has proved that, contrary to popular belief, Apple computers are not immune to malware and viruses. The number of affected computers and users might be a lot smaller than that of other operating systems, but it still shows that no user is safe from hacks. Malwarebytes and other security groups have been urging people, especially Mac users, to remain vigilant and ensure their computers are adequately protected.