Nov 1 2011
A newly found Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that steals processing power of video cards to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency. A single virtual Bitcoin can be sold for as much as 4$ in the real world!
The new Trojan was dubbed DevilRobber by antivirus vendors and is being distributed together with several software applications via BitTorrent sites.
According to Mac antivirus vendor Intego “This malware is complex, and performs many operations.” Also said that “It is a combination of several types of malware: It is a Trojan horse, since it is hidden inside other applications; it is a backdoor, as it opens ports and can accept commands from command and control servers; it is a stealer, as it steals data and Bitcoin virtual money; and it is a spyware, as it sends personal data to remote servers.”
The Bitcoin mining program installed on infected computers is called DiabloMiner, is a legitimate Java-based application used for virtual currency’s production.
Bitcoin is a form of virtual cash that can be exchanged by users without the need for an intermediary bank or payment service.
The DevilRobber trojan steals processing power, which can lead to slow computer performance, as well as actual Bitcoins, which are kept in virtual wallets on the victim’s machine.