Mac users are being targeted with newly discovered Mac malware that aims to steal the contents of cryptocurrency wallets.Dubbed CookieMiner by researchers because of its capability for stealing browser cookies associated with cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service websites visited by the victim, the malware has been uncovered by Palo Alto Networks.In addition to stealing and trading the contents of cryptocurrency wallets, CookieMiner also plants a cryptojacker onto the infected OSX machine, enabling the attackers to secretly mine for additional digital currency. In this instance, it's Koto, a lesser-known cryptocurrency that offers users anonymity. It's mostly used in Japan.It's still unknown how the newly detected malware gains access to systems, but once there, CookieMiner examines browser cookies with links to cryptocurrency exchanges and websites that reference blockchain. Exchanges targeted include Binance, Coinbase, Poloniex, Bittrex, Bitstamp, and MyEtherWallet.Using a … [Read more...] about Cookieminer: New malware targets Macs to steal from cryptocurrency wallets
Mac users continue to roam the Internet unprotected, despite growing concerns about hacks, ransomware attacks, and extortion attempts on the web.In this blog, Bitdefender offers its predictions for Mac security in 2018 and beyond, with high hopes that Apple fans will take security a bit more seriously as we step into the New Year.macOS Malware on the RiseMalware is growing rapidly on every platform, including macOS (formerly OS X). On the consumer side, we expect a lot of “scareware” or “PUA/PUP” (potentially unwanted applications/potentially unwanted programs).These threats typically arrive in the form of a scary pop-up saying something along the lines of, “Your MAC is infected. Download and install this tool to save your computer.”It’s your duty not to fall for these traps, but you should also run a trusted antivirus program to make sure nothing slips through and takes hold of your device.Enterprise Macs targeted by ATPs In the business … [Read more...] about 5 predictions for Mac security in 2018
HardwareThe most impressive thing about the new Mini is its selection of ports. There's Ethernet, a headphone jack and four USB-C connections (supporting Thunderbolt 3). It also sports a full-size HDMI port and two old-school USB-3 Type-A ports. Apple has been so aggressive about removing useful ports I was worried we'd see a box with nothing but a pair of USB-C inputs. The connectivity options make the new Mini easy to customize, with the option to add external SSDs, external GPUS or whatever else you might need. Unfortunately, shared controllers mean those Thunderbolt ports can only support two displays but add in the HDMI and you can run three 4K monitors from the Mini (or one 5K and one 4K display).Compared to previous Minis, you do lose the analog microphone input, but considering USB-based digital-analog converters are plentiful and effective, that's not a huge loss.I tested the entry-level $799 model, which comes with a quad-core, 3.6GHz Intel Core ii3-8100b processor, Intel UHD … [Read more...] about Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective
Someone impersonating administrators of cryptocurrency-related discussion channels on Slack, Discord, and other social messaging platforms has been attempting to lure others into installing macOS malware. The social-engineering campaign consists of posting a script in discussions and encouraging people to copy and paste that script into a Terminal window on their Macs. The command downloads a huge (34 megabyte) file and executes it, establishing a remote connection that acts as a backdoor for the attacker. Peter Wardle, a Mac malware expert, also examined the malware and dubbed it "OSX.Dummy" because, as he wrote: the infection method is dumb the massive size of the binary is dumb the persistence mechanism is lame (and thus also dumb) the capabilities are rather limited (and thus rather dumb) it's trivial to detect at every step (that dumb) ... and finally, the malware saves the user's password to dumpdummy The attack, first noted by Remco Verhoef of SANS today, downloads its … [Read more...] about Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs
By AppleInsider Staff Saturday, May 12, 2018, 05:26 am PT (08:26 am ET) New apps and updates to existing software are published in the App Store and other software marketplaces all the time, and keeping track of them all is an impossible task for most people. AppleInsider has gathered together some of the highlight macOS and iOS software updates and new apps that surfaced in the last week. This week's app highlights include the addition of ukulele lessons to Fender Play, the Green Kitchen vegetarian cookbook, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Ring's Neighbors app, and a warning of table changes for Pinball Arcade. Gmail Gmail is of course Google's popular email service, accessible via many apps and the Web. The official iPhone and iPad app now includes a "snooze" button, letting users bury an inconvenient email or a message that isn't important, and allow it to resurface at a more convenient time. Users of Google Pay can also send or request money in messages, via a new option under … [Read more...] about App Roundup: Fender Play for iOS, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Pinball Arcade, Gmail for iOS, more!