Thanks to Bitdefender for their latest announcement – about a new malware Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor that’s targeting Mac machines. Let’s try to figure out more on this malware and check whether is it infected on your Machines.
By Bitdefender report, this malware can fully compromise your Mac – by controlling your peripheral devices and accessing your personal files.
How Backdoor Malware affects your Mac?
The malware arises from a malicious app called EasyDoc Converter, which appears to be legitimate. Once installed, it executes a script that helps to set up a Tor hidden service, allowing access for intruders to remotely control your machine. For users to running this program, it doesn’t even need an Apple certificate to prove its legitimacy.
Though EasyDoc converter was originally released in 2014, the symptoms of a malware in this program were detected only in April this year.
To Remove this Malicious Program from your Mac
In worst cases, you may completely lose access to your Mac after Backdoor malware infection. If you still have access, you may have to reinstall your OS X or have to restore from an available backup. For that, you have to
- Restart your machine for going to Recovery Mode
- Hold Command + R while restarting, and release it when Apple logo appears.
- If you have backup, select a restore date before your EasyDoc Converter
- If you don’t have any backup, choose Reinstall OS X. (Take care of your local files before this process)
What is Apple’s Stand on this Security Flaw?
So far, only rumors are there about what Apple is going to act on this security flaw. However, Apple’s “Xprotect” anti-malware system is likely to get a major update sooner.
How to Protect Yourself from a Backdoor attack?
You might have understood about this malicious app from this short briefing. So, hope you will not try to install these kinds of unfamiliar apps (from unknown developers) again.
By default, Apple’s security settings will prevent similar apps, unless you’re ignoring the security warning dialog.
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