Friday, December 14, 2012, 06:46 am PT (09:46 am ET)
Low-risk Mac Trojan poses as legit media downloaderA new Trojan that targets Apple's OS X platform poses as a legitimate application that can be used to download audio and video.
This week security firm Intego warned users about the new Trojan, which it considers to be a "low-risk" threat. The Trojan disguises itself as VKMusic App, which, in its legitimate form, is used to download audio and video from sites like YouTube and Vimeo.
The Trojanized app bundle is a large 48-megabyte download padded with extraneous zeroes to reach that file size. The threat is considered low-risk because users must install it, enter their mobile phone number, and then reply to an SMS text with a confirmation code.
The threat, identified as OSX/SMSMonster.A, is blocked by Apple's Gatekeeper built in to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as Intego's VirusBarrierX6.
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