Starting March 2016 the first Ransomeware specifically targeting Macs surfaced. This week a new Mac specific Malware surfaced. In the end, there is one simple way to guard against these vulnerabilitieswithout any additional software.
In March, the “KeRanger” malware emerged as the first functioning ransomware that attacks Apple’s Mac computers. This week, Bitdefender announced a new and active Malware called “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor”. This new Malware is installed under the Application title “EasyDoc Converter”. Although Bitdefender is trying to guard against this, Apple’s built in Gatekeeper can fully prevent these vulnerabilities thus far.
At Addigy we strongly recommend all of our partners enable Gatekeeper across their entire Mac portfolio. Apple’s built-in Gatekeeper, ensures that software can only be installed via either the AppStore or by the AppStore + software signed with a valid Apple certificate. Security software like Webroot, ESET, or Bitdefender can be a great addition to your security model, but Gatekeeper can so far stop all of these issues, before any damage occurs.
The “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor” Malware is particularly nasty. It first installs a Tor hidden service, a web service, and a Pastebin agent to each infected system. The Tor service ensures that the attackers have full access and ability to transfer data with complete anonymity.
Keep I.T. Real,
The Addigy Team.