Mac malware slithers into the open
News.com.com 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.