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New malware out is targeting OS X, Linux and Windows at the same time

Windows, OS X and Linux are being targeted simultaneously from new malware

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 16, 2012 at 6:21 am CDT (0 mins, 48 secs time to read)

Security firms Sophos, and F-Secure have both noted that there's a new piece of malware floating round that is targeting Mac, Windows and Linux users all at the same time. The malware pretends to be a required add-on.

New malware out is targeting OS X, Linux and Windows at the same time | TweakTown.com

Of course, it's not, and in reality its victims are opening up a Java archive file, which then detects the platform the victim is using, before connecting to a remote server to fetch the additional code, creating a back door for hackers. THe Mac-based malware is identified by F-Secure is "Backdoor:OSX/GetShell.A."

What makes this new piece of malware stand out from the very crowded sea of infectious crap that is out there is that this particular code is targeting multiple platforms at once. Most hackers usually stick to attacking Windows, or OS X. Hopefully it doesn't get too much more widespread, and people continue to educate themselves on what to, and what not to, click, open or accept.

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 11:27 am CDT

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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