By Elinor Mills
June 1, 2010
Mac users downloading free screensavers and a video converter app from
several popular download sites also got spyware that installs a back
door, collects data, and sends encrypted information to remote servers,
security company Intego said on Tuesday.
The high-risk spyware, dubbed OSX/OpinionSpy, was being installed along
with nearly 30 screensavers developed by a company called 7art and an
app called MishInc FLV to MP3, according to a list compiled by Intego.
They were found on Softpedia, MacUpdate, and CNET-owned VersionTracker,
according to a post on Intego's Mac Security Blog.
VersionTracker had removed all of the items on the Intego list by late
afternoon. A MacUpdate representative said the company disabled the
screensavers earlier on Tuesday and had never offered the MishInc
converter. "Our users were discussing the software installed alongside
the 7art screensavers as far back as March," the company said in an
e-mail. Softpedia, 7art, and MishInc publisher Brothersoft did not
immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment late on Tuesday.
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