A New Fruitfly Variant, the Malware Which Targets Macs, Has Surfaced, But We Shouldn’t Worry

Fruitfly malware on macOS

Fruitfly malware affects macOS and can go undetected for years

It happens quite rarely that a Mac should get infected with malware. This is why those rare cases are both stealthy and dangerous. Back in January, security researchers discovered such kind of malware called Fruitfly. It seems that the same corruptions have returned, as hundreds of Macs have been found infected with a new variant of the malicious files.

Fruitfly went undetected for so many years

Patrick Wardle has been an NSA hacker, but is currently working as a chief security researcher at Synack. He has been investigating Fruitfly, and informed us on what the malware can do. It seems that the one operating the malicious file can take over the infected computer. He gains complete control over the webcam, mouse, screen, keyboard and, most importantly, over the files in the computer.

Fruitfly has existed for many years before being detected in January. Macs have a security software, but hasn’t proved too effective over the years. One important evidence to support this is the fact that the malware has gone undetected for such a long period of time.

A new variant of the malware is still around

When Fruitfly was discovered, Apple released some patches to protect operating systems against it. However, we cannot tell if the latest iOS and macOS are safe. As the malware has been updated as well, the new systems might still be vulnerable.

The analysis discovered that 90 percent of the victims were from US, but they had no connection between them. Also, Wardle suggests there were no political or national purposes involved. Fruitfly was most probably run by only one hacker for “perverse reasons”. However, it wasn’t a widespread event.

Regarding the new version of the malware, he thinks it should no longer put people in danger. Although the malicious files keep running, users need to be tricked into clicking on something before the hacker could take control over the computer.
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