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Hacking Team Creates Fresh Mac Malware

The controversial 'Hacking Team' the surveillance and intrusion IT company in Italy seemingly has become active again, following one fresh Mac malware that security researchers recently detected. The malware, which was first revealed 2nd February on VirusTotal a security analysis website, has its variants exuding several characteristics of Hacking Team's software, say the researchers after examining the software.

The researchers describe the OS X malware as a 'dropper' that installs another malware on the infected PC alternatively mobile device.

One category of PC-viruses, droppers bear dual functions. First they retain themselves on the computers they infect and after that they establish a communication link with their command-and-control server followed with taking down one specified malware sample depending upon the infected PC's various details.

Some weeks ago, Security Researcher Claud Xiao of Palo Alto uncovered several malevolent Mac binaries that aroused great suspicion in his mind. So he discussed them with other members of info-security community thus getting them within certain security experts' hands who specialized in OS X. The experts are Pedro Vilaca of SentinelOne and Patrick Wardle, R&D director at Synack. They closely and over an extended time-period scrutinized the binaries' capabilities.

Moreover, during the past week, Eric Rabe, the top officer for communications and marketing at Hacking Team in one commentary posted to his firm's website evaluated the ongoing legal conflict between Apple and USA's Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with one encrypted iPhone. Rabe while blaming Apple as well as its defenders said they were spreading fear about law enforcement trying towards cracking the encryption, as also contended that Hacking Team's software allowed legal monitoring of devices that terrorists, criminals else other suspects used. Newsfactor.com posted this, March 1, 2016.

Rabe continued that his firm believed that security which law enforcement provided was a necessary privilege similar as privacy. Since Hacking Team sacrificed plentifully to obtain those rights, he thought attacks on his firm in well-publicized manners had been executed seemingly for destroying it.

To react to such attacks, Hacking Team forever maintains that its services and products aren't sold to governments for any illegal utilization.

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