Latest Mac Trojan Attacks Your GPU To Generate Bitcoins

Latest Mac Trojan Attacks Your GPU To Generate Bitcoins

Despite reports that Bitcoins are near enough dead, hackers have created another Mac Trojan that attacks your computer’s GPU in a bid to generate the digital dollars, as well as your precious personal information.

The hack has been named by anti-virus organizations as ‘DevilRobber’, and it’s currently being distributed by torrent websites. It installs a Java-based application onto your Mac called ‘DiabloMiner’, a combination of a Trojan horse, a backdoor, and a “stealer” that thieves your personal data and any Bitcoins that may be on your computer, according to security vendor Intego.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bitcoin, it’s the first decentralized digital currency that you can send over the internet. There’s no middleman, which means the fees to send and receive Bitcoins are much lower than similar services, and you can use them worldwide. Bitcoins are generated by ‘miners’ that donate their computer’s CPU to solving certain mathematical problems, which are difficult to perform.

The first sign of an infected system is unusually slow performance, Graham Cluley of Sophos wrote in a blog post, adding:

It’s becoming clearer every week that Mac users need to take malware protection more seriously by running anti-virus software.

Now that security experts are aware of the issue, however, an upcoming patch or update to your virus definition list is expected imminently.

Have you been affected by the latest Mac malware?

  • FriarNurgle

    Won’t get much out of my integrated GPU.

  • prof_peabody

    You are leaving out the part where:  

    - you have to be a senior citizen because it’s contained in copies of “Graphic Converter” ( a program that hasn’t been useful since the 90’s)

    - you have to be so hard up that you *steal* this ancient program using torrents.  

    This will only affect a tiny minority of users.  

  • Ed_Kel

    And yet another Mac virus that will only affect the dumbest of dumb..

    “It is becoming clearer that Mac users need to take malware more seriously….” Wait, what? If this is the best hackers got then I’ll take my chances!

    Look at it this way, that free copy of software you just pirated actually WILL cost you money!

    DON’T BE STUPID and this too shall pass.

  • CharliK

    Isn’t Sophos a company that sells antivirus software for the Mac. So they would have a vested interest in creating some hyperbolic FUD. 

    This malware has only been seen in files of a pretty much useless app that is being passed around on torrent sites. 99% of the world is too noble to grab it or has no clue such sites exist and the actual torrent folks are too busy grabbing things like Photoshop 6 to look at such a dinosaur

  • Bruno Ferreira

    That made me lol

  • GDal

    This article is just Sophos and their nonsense. They’ve been going on about how insecure Macs are for the last ten years, constantly promising an explosion of Mac malware and viruses since 2006… 

    Sophos keeps trying to push their crappy AV software with these “alerts”, but every time you read one, it’s “you have to download infected pirate software via file sharing networks”. I this case the only torrent I could find for Graphic Converter is a two year old torrent. If this torrent is a threat, why wasn’t it detected by them two years ago? And, as Peabody says, this is old software nobody uses. Heck, I never heard of it until yesterday.

    I find it really interesting that Sophos is constantly warning about insignificant Mac malware, yet NONE of the big AV vendors make a peep. Norton? McAfee? Where are their warnings?

    My policy is: If Sophos speaks, hit the mute button, for all you’re going to hear is rubbish. In ten years, they’ve never said anything but.

  • kevinw

    Just to correct one litte point…. Sophos gives it’s Mac software away free for home users. they only sell to business.

  • Nemo

    Zombie Macs were about 5 times the price of Zombie PC’s to buy in bulk lots on some of those Russian sites that sell such things. Make your own conclusions from that. Having very little market share has it’s benefits. Apple is only 7.3% of home computers. Few virus writers are interested. 

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