Apple Blocks Fake Installer Trojan That is Now Targeting Mac Users

Posted December 13, 2012 at 5:31pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7434 views

Apple has blocked a fake installer trojan for Mac OS X dubbed Trojan.SMSSend.3666, reports MacRumors.

Detailed by Dr. Web, the trojan is a fake installer which can be downloaded from various sites under the guise of useful software.

Trojan.SMSSend programs are found in large numbers on the Internet. These are fake installers available on various sites disguised as distributions of legitimate software. When a user starts such an installer, they see the interface that imitates the installation wizard of a corresponding application. In order to continue the "installation" fraudsters ask that the victim enter their cellphone number into an appropriate field and then specify the code found in a reply SMS. By performing these actions the user agrees to terms of a chargeable subscription and a fee will be debited from their mobile phone account on a regular basis. Such installers usually contain meaningless data or the programs they are supposed to install, which in fact can be downloaded from official sites of their developers free of charge.

Apple quickly added the trojan to its "Xprotect.plist" blacklist which is updated daily and scans downloaded files to alert users of any threat.

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Aurelien Guillou - December 14, 2012 at 4:21pm
What installer has ever asked for a phone number? None, that I can ever remember. If I saw this, I would know instantly that this is malicious software. Really fishing her for the lowest common denominator.
Jan - December 13, 2012 at 7:25pm
Who in their right mind is that dumb??? I mean come on now if your that dumb then please give me all your money now, this is a cyber stick up...
Richard Miranda - December 13, 2012 at 6:04pm
Thank you for the heads up; appreciated!!! RPM
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