Russian Hackers Begin Targeting Apple Macs



/ 1 year ago

Russian Hackers Begin Targeting Apple Macs

The Russian hacking group responsible for hacks of the Democratic party during the 2016 US Presidential election has launched a new sophisticated malware package made to exploit Apple Macs. The malware – created by hacker collective APT28, which has close ties to the Russian government – is a version of Xagent, a backdoor capable of logging passwords, capturing screen images, and steal iOS backups, according to Bitdefender.

“Our past analysis of samples known to be linked to APT28 group shows a number of similarities between the Sofacy/APT28/Sednit Xagent component for Windows/Linux and the Mac OS binary that currently forms the object of our investigation,” Bitdefender researchers wrote in a report. “For once, there is the presence of similar modules, such as FileSystem, KeyLogger, and RemoteShell, as well as a similar network module called HttpChanel.”

Bitdefender’s analysis of Xagent includes the following findings:

“Once successfully installed, the backdoor checks if a debugger is attached to the process. If it detects one, it terminates itself to prevent execution. Otherwise, it waits for an Internet connection before initiating communication with the C&C servers. After the communication has been established, the payload starts the modules.

Our preliminary analysis shows most of the C&C URLs impersonate Apple domains.

Once connected to the C&C, the payload sends a HelloMessage, then spawns two communication threads running in infinite loops. The former uses POST requests to send information to the C&C, while the latter monitors GET requests for commands.”

Bitdefender’s researchers are continuing its investigation into the Mac variant of Xagent and will report more details as they find them.

Topics: , , ,

Support eTeknix.com

By supporting eTeknix, you help us grow. And continue to bring you the latest news, reviews, and competitions. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest technology. Share your favourite articles, chat with the team and more. Also check out eTeknix YouTube, where you'll find our latest video reviews, event coverage and features in 4K!
eTeknix FacebookeTeknix TwittereTeknix Instagram

Check out our Latest Video

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!


Optimized with PageSpeed Ninja