Week in Geek: BlackHole RAT Trojan Targets Mac OS X Edition

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By Akemi Iwaya on March 6th, 2011


This week we learned how to change window transparency in Windows 7 with a hotkey, backup web-based email accounts using Thunderbird, “temporarily halt autorun, enable Android’s power control, & securely wipe CDs/DVDs”, “block text messages, prioritize Wi-Fi connections, & revitalize a Windows 6 phone”, learned what Bitcoin the virtual digital currency is, and more.

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Weekly News Links


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  • Mac OS X Trojan catches Sophos’ eye
    A new Trojan has cropped up and it’s targeting Mac OS X users, one security firm says. According to Sophos, the Trojan, called “BlackHole RAT” by its author and “MusMinim” by the security firm, is a variant of the Remote Access Trojan on Windows. The author of the Trojan says the malware is not yet completed, but it already does some annoying things.
  • First Patch for Windows 7 SP1 RTM Will Fix Critical Vulnerability
    In less than a month after the general availability deadline of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Microsoft is preparing to release the first update designed to resolve a Critical security vulnerability in the upgraded copies of Windows Vista’s successor.
  • Microsoft to fix four holes in Windows, Office
    Contrary to last month when Microsoft plugged 22 holes on Patch Tuesday, only four holes will be fixed in the company’s monthly security update roundup next week.
  • Reports: Google yanks infected Android apps
    Google apparently has used a kill switch to remove 21 malware-infected apps from both its Android Market and from people’s Android devices.
  • ‘Trojanised’ Steamy Window targets Android phones
    Symantec has identified a botnet-building Android Trojan that hackers can use to send out text messages from a compromised smartphone.
  • Crackers destroy security mailing list for Linux distributors
    The infrastructure of the members-only security mailing list “Vendor-Sec” for open source vendors has been severely damaged according to a post published by Markus Meissner at the OSS Security mailing list.
  • WordPress hit by massive DDoS attack
    On Thursday 3 March WordPress.com, the world’s largest blogging host, was subject to a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, the largest that it has ever experienced.
  • WordPress hit with second big attack in two days
    The popular blogging-site hoster WordPress was hit with another distributed denial-of-service attack Friday morning, the second in two days.
  • Ubuntu Security: Holes Found, Holes Fixed
    Over 30 vulnerabilities which would allow remote and local exploits were reported and fixed in the Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) kernel.
  • Google flags London Stock Exchange site for malware
    Google has temporarily flagged up the London Stock Exchange’s website as a malware danger, due to a third-party advertiser on that site hosting malicious software.
  • Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing
    Despite congressional criticism, Facebook is planning to resume the aborted rollout of a feature that allowed the optional sharing of addresses and mobile phone numbers.
  • Justice Department investigates Web video group
    The corporate wrangling over Web video standards, already a technically and legally complex matter, is getting a lot more complicated with the arrival of a Justice Department antitrust investigation.
  • Google and Microsoft team up to battle geotagging patent troll
    Though normally seen as rivals, Microsoft and Google have joined forces to sue a patent troll, Texas company GeoTag Inc., and have its patent invalidated. Since July last year, GeoTag has sued at least 397 different companies, including Boeing, Pizza Hut, and Rolex, claiming patent infringement.
  • WebGL 1.0 is done. Where’s Microsoft?
    Brace yourself for the 3D Web. At least, if you use Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari. Those are the browsers that support–though sometimes only in developer-preview editions–a technology called WebGL.
  • Ubuntu Reinvents the Scrollbar
    One of the main overarching goals of Ubuntu, in the UI design department, is to simplify and remove, as much as possible, the interface to make room for the actual content, the stuff users care about. For the past few releases, several changes were implemented with this aim. The latest element to get a complete makeover is the venerable scrollbar.

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  • How to Setup Network Link aggregation (802.3ad) on Ubuntu
    Do you need to pump large amounts of data to a multitude of clients simultaneously, while only using a single IP address? By using “link aggregation” we can join several separate network cards on the system into one humongous NIC.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/6/11
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