Researchers last week detected a fake Adobe piracy app that infects Mac users with a one-two combination of the EmPyre backdoor/post-exploitation agent and the XMRig cryptominer.
The app pretends to be Adobe Zii, a software program that facilitates the cracking and digital piracy of Adobe products, reports Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes, in a Dec. 7 company blog post.
While it actually does run a version of Zii as a ruse to disguise its malicious activity, the fake app is in reality a malicious shell script that Malwarebytes has aptly named OSX.DarthMiner -- a moniker that certainly fits its true, evil intentions. (Search your feelings. You know it to be true, as Anakin would say.)
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