Snake and Proton Malware Found Targeting Mac Users

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  •   July 31, 2017
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Snake and Proton Malware Found Targeting Mac Users

Two malware targeting Mac-run machines recently surfaced in the wild: Snake (a.k.a. Turla, Uroburos, and Agent.BTZ, and detected by Trend Micro as OSX_TURLA.A) and Proton (OSX_PROTON.A). Both are remote access Trojans that can grant attackers unauthorized remote access to the system, consequently enabling them to steal files, data, and credentials stored in the affected system, view the computer’s screen in real time, and log key strokes. 

Snake originally targeted Windows OS-based systems as early as 2008, and was used for cyberespionage. In 2014, its operators created a version that worked on Linux machines. Snake slithered its way into its targets by exploiting an array of vulnerabilities. Its rootkit capabilities allowed it to maintain persistence in the infected system by hiding its malicious processes and files from the user, which in turn made detection challenging. 

Two malware targeting Mac-run machines recently surfaced in the wild: