New Mac Malware Strain Tied to Iranian Hacking Group, Researchers Say

By Marcos Colon

After researching Iranian cyberespionage threats, security experts Claudio Guarnieri and Collin Anderson found the malware, dubbed MacDownloader, on a website posing as U.S. aerospace firm United Technologies.  

“While this [malware] is neither sophisticated nor full-featured, its sudden appearance is concerning given the popularity of Apple computers with certain community, and inaccurate perceptions about the security of those devices,” the researchers wrote in a blog post.

Designed profile the infected computers to siphon credentials from the macOS password manager, the malware mimics a similar virus targeting Windows machines which was used on the same fake site by the same attackers.

Guarnieri and Anderson believe have ties to the Flying Kitten hacking group.

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