By Antone Gonsalves
June 25, 2008
Another Trojan targeting the Mac has been found on the Web, as the
number of malicious applications increases with the growing popularity
of Apple computers.
Security vendor Intego discovered the latest malware masquerading as a
program for Mac OS X called "PokerGame." The application is a script
wrapped in an executable bundle that's distributed by e-mail as a Zip
When opened, the "PokerStealer Trojan" asks the victim for his
administrator's password. If it's given, the program then opens a secure
shell, or SSH, on the Mac to establish communications with a remote
server, Intego said. SSH is a network protocol that allows data to be
exchanged using a secure channel between two computers.
Once communications between the infected computer and server have been
established, the Trojan sends the user name and password, along with the
IP address of the Mac. After gaining access to the computer, hackers can
attempt to take control of them, delete files, damage the operating
system, or perform other tasks.
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