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Apple’s Mac Malware Mokes Leverages Backdoor Functions for Remote Hacker

One fresh malware strain created for OS X is believably targeting Mac computer operators. The malware dubbed Mokes drew researchers' notice 2016 starting. It has already attacked Linux as well as Windows computers, while currently it has been found bothering Apple computer owners. The malware in its latest form is Backdoor.OSX.Mokes.

The malware basically reads keyboard hits the end-user makes on his infected PC and also captures screenshots from the screen. All these enables the backdoor let its controller know the victim's passwords, bank details along with his other critical data. The hacker is even facilitated with gaining complete hold over the PC from a distance.

Notably, after contaminating a Mac computer, Mokes establishes a connection between itself and its C&C server following which it leverages different backdoor functions on the host PC. That creates scope for the perpetrator to implement plentiful malicious tactics within his attack. In.techradar.com posted this dated September 9, 2016.

It's unclear what way the malicious program at first gets installed on PCs, whether via web-links, malverts else phishing scams. Consequently, it becomes extremely hard for safeguarding the system from the malware.

However, according to security firms Sophos, Symantec and Kaspersky, their anti-virus solutions can be used for effectively detecting and eliminating Mokes.

Kaspersky, which first spotted Mokes, says it found the malware having the capability for intercepting keystrokes, scanning all Office documents, capturing audio and video clips by compromising the microphone and webcam of the infected PC, and taking screenshots, while also letting the hacker run random instructions on the PC.

Presently, it isn't known how far Mokes' most recent strain has spread, alternatively what degree of risk it radiates. Certainly, at this juncture Apple of its own is yet to say something regarding the malicious software.

Strategist Chris Thomas from Tenable Network Security observes that Apple may eventually release one signature update soon, while computer owners require enabling 'auto updates' on their systems in order to receive the latest signatures at the earliest.

Overall, Mac owners are advised not to load software from untrustworthy entities while necessarily maintain their applications and operating systems up-to-date.

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