Cross-platform Malware Adwind Infects Mac

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A colleague referred me to an article on a piece of cross-platform malware, called Adwind RAT (short for remote access tool), that was going undetected. This is often code for this malware was written in Java, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it actually drops a Mac payload. But, hey, new malware to play with how could I resist taking a peek?

The first thing I noticed was – surprise, surprise – the malware was written in Java. Prepared for disappointment, I grabbed a sample of the dropper from Virus Total.

It also required me to install Java just to run it. Since Apple quit including Java in the system years ago, that’s something that most people don’t have on their Macs these days. So, to open it, you’d have to download a large file – after figuring out exactly what to download on Oracle’s rather hard-to-navigate website – and install it. Strike two.

Image courtesy of malwarebytes.com

Author: WITS Curators

Bo Washington is a Certified Computer Specialist and the owner and operator of Washington IT Solutions, a local Bartlesville computer repair company. He has been fixing computers since the late 90's and has clocked up thousands of hours performing hardware upgrades, system builds, software installations, virus and spyware removal using the most up to date techniques and general computer services.

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