Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Mac users and the latest is a backdoor malware app which has been identified as ‘Eleanor’ by Bitdefender. This malware installs a backdoor that gives the bad guys almost complete access to the infected machine including all data and control of the built-in webcam.
Mac’s running OS X 10.6 or later can be affected – that’s would be circa 2007 or later.
This malware installs itself disguised as a fake file converter called ‘Easy Doc Converter’ and available on MacUpdate although not at the Mac App Store according to Apple.
Apple says they’ll be releasing an update to Xprotect to block the app but they haven’t detailed how they will patch the underlying vulnerability that permits Eleanor to do its mischief (execution of a script registered to system startup that allows an anonymous attack of the system). But in the meantime if you’ve already installed this app, the free Malwarebytes scanner has already been updated to remove it.
Everyone stay safe out there!