Hot-cross-platform Mac malware

Hackers have developed a a cross-platform backdoor capable of infecting Windows, Linux or Mac OS X desktop computers.

The Mokes malware family is able to steal various types of data from the victim’s machine, including but not limited to screenshots, files and keystrokes.

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab first came across malicious binaries on Linux and Windows systems back in January before the recent discovery of an OS X variant of Mokes. The malware was put together in C++ using Qt, a cross-platform application framework.

Kaspersky has comprehensive write-ups on how the malware works but how it spreads is much less clear. Security researchers picked up the malware from malign binaries on compromised machines rather than in its raw form, circulating on the interwebs. ®

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