The security researchers has been discovered that a new strain of malicious software that can be used to steal information from Mac computers.
The malware, called Mokes.A, can see what keys a user is typing onto their keyboard which, along with screenshots, could hand a hacker bank credentials, passwords and other sensitive information. And it could let hackers control the breached computer remotely. It can also take screenshots from a computer every 30 seconds, as well as access photos, videos and documents, according to Stefan Ortloff, the Kaspersky Lab researcher who found the program. A version of the malware for PC was discovered earlier this year.
This isn’t the first time that researchers have unearthed malware that can be used to target Mac computers, although they are far less susceptible than PCs. Earlier this year Apple customers fell victim to the first ransomware campaign against Macs, in which malware is used to lock a machine that cyber criminals will only release on receiving payment.
The discovery of the rare piece of malware that can access a Mac computer running OS X comes a week after Apple was forced to release two urgent security updates for its mobile and desktop operating systems. Security researchers discovered a flaw that could have let hackers take complete control of the devices with the click of a link.