A new Mac malware called Backdoor.MAC.Elanor can not only steal the data of your device, execute code but also control the webcam. The malware app is available on several download sites including MacUpdate.
It’s yet another huge security loophole which has been found in macOS. Apple would have to take some stringent action to make sure Mac has the much-needed safeguard from falling prey to hackers.
“The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.
This is a nasty backdoor that can steal data, execute remote code and access the webcam, among other things.”
According to reports, Malwarebytes director Thomas Reed told MacUpdate that the malware is present on its site. However, it hasn’t yet been removed from the site.
Bitfender’s technical lead Tiberius Axinte has stated that there is no real limit to what Backdoor.MAC.Elanor can do; asserting it provides attackers full control of the compromised system.
He further added that with the use of the malware app, a hacker can lock you out of your laptop and even blackmail you to restore your private files.
“This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it’s hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system. For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your private files or transform your laptop into a botnet to attack other devices. The possibilities are endless.”
It’s really shocking to know all this. Apple is yet to officially respond to this news. As a Mac user, you would want such malicious app to be completely annulled.