June 15, 2021
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first_imgThere’s been plenty of attention given to the the Mac Defender malware and its variants lately. The social engineering-powered Trojan has brought rogue security applications to OS X users after years of being a Windows-only phenomenon.Security researcher Brian Krebs has been busily analyzing the software and he’s learned that ChronoPay — Russia’s largest online payment processor — may be heavily involved. ChronoPay has a history of behaving badly and has previously been connected with scareware, processing payments from users who were pushed to rogue antivirus domains by the Conficker worm. ChronoPay was also involved in “pre-trial settlement” scams, which bullied users into ponying up cash in order to avoid filesharing lawsuits.Krebs was able to trace back domain name registration information thanks to the availability of documents which were leaked following a 2010 breach of ChronoPay servers. Several rogue software domains have been registered using an address which appears in the documents, [email protected] — which belongs to ChronoPay’s Alexander Volkova. ChronoPay also owns the mail-eye.com domain.In a similarly unsurprising revelation, Microsoft security researchers have revealed a direct tie-in to Windows rogues. Mac Defender uses re-tooled URLs and drops un-sneakily renamed files and folders on infected systems, and the checkout pages for both Mac Defender and the WinWebsec rogues (of which there are dozens) are nearly identical.Apple has, of course, issued a support article detailing steps to assist in the removal of Mac Defender. A system update is on the way as well, and it will detect and remove the malware. As more variants appear, however, the targeted update may not be enough to protect unwary Mac users. If that describes you (or someone you help out with computer-related problems), check into the free antivirus offerings from Sophos and Avast.More at Krebs on Security and Microsoftlast_img read more