Bad news for Mac users: a new malware has been detected called Morcut and also Crisis; the malware opens up a backdoor in your Mac computer without requiring any administrative password.
Windows computers are notorious for being prone to viruses and malware but this new development shows that the complexity of today’s viruses and malware leaves no computer OS behind.
The new malware called Morcut, or as the antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab calls it, “Backdoor.OSX.Morcut,” has been uncovered by researchers and what they have found is disturbing indeed.
This complex malware is able to access your email and instant messaging applications. These include applications such as Skype, Adium, and MSN Messenger which the malware can penetrate to use your hardware to spy on you.
Developers of the Sophos antivirus published their analysis about Morcut. According to them:
“In short, if this malware managed to infect your Mac computer it could learn an awful lot about you, and potentially steal information which could read your private messages and conversations, and open your e-mail and other online accounts.”
Originally, the antivirus was detected by researchers from Mac antivirus provider “Intego.” News about the virus was shared on Virus Total – it is a website used by researchers and end users to share malicious code samples.
Fortunately however, the malware so far seems to be contained and it is not widespread. It poses as an Adobe Flash installer and penetrates user computers.
Thus if you are a Mac user who installs anything Flash related, make sure to check the validity of your download source.