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Russian Cyberspies Blamed For US Election Hacks Are Now Targeting Macs

A Russian hacking group, known under different names including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28, participated in last year’s interference in the presidential election. The group has long been known for its advanced range of tools for penetrating Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Now, researchers have uncovered an equally sophisticated malware package the group used to compromise Macintosh systems.

It is believed the Russians infected Macs by exploiting a known vulnerability in the MacKeeper antivirus software, according to researchers from Palo Alto Networks who investigated the malware. The vulnerability allowed attackers to execute remote commands on a Mac when users visited specially crafted web pages.

It seems ironic that a software product that is designed to prevent problems, is instead being used to spread problems.

You can read about the Mac invasion on the ComputerWorld web site at:

Categories: Current Affairs, News & Current Events

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