Mac malware slithers into the open

— 10:30 AM on October 25, 2004 has the story on a new Malware script kit for Mac OS X, dubbed Opener, that is apparently making the rounds. This is a root kit, not a virus, but it sounds like a serious threat in the wrong hands:

Ducklin said Opener disables Mac OS X's built-in firewall, creates a back door so the malware author can control the computer remotely, locates any passwords stored on the hard drive, and downloads a password cracker called JohnTheRipper.
Obviously, this lovely invention exploits the Unixy roots of Mac OS X. The big fear is that it could be used to create a worm or virus, and that once that happens, unsuspecting Mac owners may not know what's hit them.
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