Crypto-mining malware attacking Apple Mac with pirated software
A threat alert for some Apple Mac and MacBook computers running certain modified versions of Final Cut Pro editing software can hijack infected devices.
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Pirated copies of the popular video editing software have been modified to contain a malicious instruction that takes over an infected Mac or MacBook and forces it to act as a cryptocurrency mining machine for a hacker.
Even worse, this latest malware, disguised as legitimate Final Cut Pro, can bypass and shut down some security processes running on an infected device.
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What is cryptojacking?
Cryptojacking – or a crypto-mining malware attack – is when a hacker successfully goes undetected by placing malware on a target computer to use its resources to manipulate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
Cryptomining malware is generally difficult to eradicate and can compromise computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and connected devices. Strong antivirus protection can often end up detecting these hidden cryptojacking attacks when unusual network traffic and running processes are noticed.
Once infected, a victim’s device can often exhibit very slow speeds when actively cryptojacked.
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Track down the threat
Investigative detective work by security professionals at Jamf Threat Labs led to the tracing of the malicious Final Cut Pro copies to a known bad actor with a history of uploading and spreading viruses.
Since 2019, the same hacker has been responsible for seeding multiple dangerous malware attacks hidden in pirated copies of both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X.
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How to avoid sneaky crypto mining malware threats
Only download legitimate software. The safest place to download software is through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Downloading software from other sources online carries a much higher risk of bringing malware into your world.
Update the operating software. Make sure you always use the latest version of the operating software for your computer, smartphone and tablet.
Use strong antivirus protection. It’s never been more important to make sure you have good antivirus protection on all your devices.
I’ve broken down the best antivirus protection for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices. My best choice Total AV and includes real-time anti-malware protection that protects your computers from the very latest threats.
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