Today, any tech savvy Windows user must be familiar with the term backdoor trojan. Either they have been infected with one themselves or know someone who has.
Now, it is time for Mac users, especially those working for entities that are targets for corporate or military espionage, to enhance their knowledge and become more aware of this threat says a report in Ars Technica.
Quoting Jaime Blasco of security firm Alien Vault, Ars reported that two backdoor trojans infecting Mac computers have been discovered in the wild. These trojans target the employees of several non-governmental and pro-Tibetan organizations. These trojans exploit a security hole in Microsoft Office and Oracle’s Java framework. The holes have been patched. However, it is apparent that the security fixes closing them were not applied in this infection.
Once installed, the trojans send user and domain information to a central server owned by the people who created the malware. The trojans then sit in the background awaiting instructions. Many companies and governments move from Windows to Macs to avoid security problems with Windows. This is the reason that Macs are the next target of malware creators.