New Mac OS X Trojan horse hijacks GPU, steals user data
In a report released on Saturday, security firm Sophos said that DevilRobber, a Trojan horse that can steal sensitive user data, was found hidden inside copies of Graphic Converter 7.4 downloaded from bit-torrent file-sharing sites.
DevilRobber, also known as "OSX/Miner-D," can steal usernames and passwords and is capable of spying on users by taking screenshots of their activity and sending the images online. In addition, the Trojan is able to run scripts that can copy information âregarding truecrypt data, Vidalia (TOR plugin for Firefox), your Safari browsing history, and .bash_historyâ to a dump.txt file.
The malware has also been found to search for âpthcâ files, a term that is used to describe pre-teen hardcore pornography. It is not known at this time whether one of the secondary features of DevilRobber is to find traces of child abuse on affected computers.
Another unusual feature for the new Trojan is its capability of taking over a Mac's GPU in order to generate Bitcoins, a digital currency that can be used to perform online instant payments without the oversight of a banking authority.
Users generate Bitcoins on personal computers after installing Bitcoin Miner, an application thatâs compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems. Once obtained, Bitcoins are stored in the userâs digital wallet and can be used for future online payments. Bitcoins can also be exchanged for actual currency with the current exchange rate reportedly valuing one Bitcoin at US$3.20.
In addition to harnessing the power of the GPU to generate more Bitcoins, DevilRobber can also steal the userâs existing Bitcoin wallet if it finds the appropriate files.
Sophos suggests users be aware of signs that point to a malware attack. For example, a malware attack can result in the slowdown of overall computing performance, with affected users reporting sluggishness as the Trojan steals GPU resources for mining purposes.
In order to avoid unwanted DevilRobber installations, Mac users are advised to refrain from downloading software via untrusted sources, even if they appear to be legitimate. It is not known at this time whether other Mac applications available on torrent sites come bundled with the new Trojan horse.
DevilRobber (OSX/Miner-D) Trojan horse | Source: Sophos
Apple has yet to acknowledge the new threat, though common anti-virus programs are able to detect DevilRobber.
The new malware is the most recent in a wave of programs targeting an increasing number of Mac owners. Apple recently cleared a threat from a non-functional Chinese Trojan horse that disguised itself as a PDF download.