The newly discovered Tsunami Trojan is derived from an earlier Linux-infecting backdoor Trojan, called Kaiten, which connected back from infected machines to an IRC channel for further instructions. It appears Security firms are still in the process of analysing Tsunami but early speculation suggests it may be a DDoS attack tool.
“Mac users are reminded that even though there is far less malware in existence for Mac OS X than for Windows, that doesn’t mean the problem is non-existent,” says Graham Cluley security firm Sophos.
“We fully expect to see cybercriminals continuing to target poorly protected Mac computers in the future. If the bad guys think they can make money out of infecting and compromising Macs, they will keep trying. My advice to Mac users is simple: don’t be a soft target, protect yourself.”
I would fully agree with what Graham Cluley says, many people think there are no Trojans or Virus’ for MAC’s but they are mistaken, and this article proves it once again. No matter what operating system you are running, be it Windows, Linux or Mac OSX you should still look to secure it and keep patches up to date and run security software.
Don’t be one of the poorly protected computers spoken of above!
If you are a Mac user concerned by security Sophos currently offer a free antivirus solution available from their site for download.