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Kaspersky Intercepted a New Malware Mac OSX Ventir

Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based security company, says that a new type of malware has been identified which particularly targets Mac OS X machines. The malware nicknamed as Ventir contains a keylogger, Trojan and a backdoor which facilitate cybercriminals to continue to access tainted computers.

When Ventir enters in a Mac, the Trojan's "dropper" part checks to see if it contains root access to the maligned computer which is a vital decision as that influences where the Trojan can install itself. If malware gets root access then it can damage more which is why PC users, Windows or Mac, should never employ administrator-privileged accounts for net browsing.

Keylogging component of Ventir can register every key pressed on a tainted computer and send those logs to the scammers running the Trojan giving them email addresses, passwords, search history, contacts and more.

Kaspersky lab believes that Ventir Trojan or something linked might have been employed in latest thefts of data.

SecureList published news on 16th October, 2014 quoting a blog of Kaspersky's Researcher Mikhail Kuzin as "This threat (Ventir) is particularly important with respect to the latest leaks of password and databases from Yandex, Gmail and Mail.ru. It is pretty possible that malware from the Ventir family was employed to provide databases published by cyber crooks."

Cybercriminals have turned to code which is openly available to carry out their malicious activities because either they are too lazy to produce the code themselves or it simply suits their purpose and this is the usual trend.

Malware researchers of Kaspersky have identified a modular malware for Mac OS X which relies on LogKext, an open source software package to confine user keyboard input.

Company's products detected LogKext as "not-a-virus:Monitor.OSX.LogKext.c." and hooks into the kennel of the OS to attain its purpose.

The item is a genuine file which has been discarded by its real developer and passed to a dissimilar maintainer which upgraded it to toil on OS X Mavericks (10.9); it is available free of cost by downloading from GitHub.

Softpedia.com published news on 17th October, 2014 quoting Kuzin as saying "LogKext is added to the hijacked computer only if the dropper fruitfully obtains elevated privileges to the system."

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