Apple Trojan mines BitCoins

While Apple and many of its users have been saying for years that the company's products "don't get viruses", it's becoming harder and harder to take this seriously as more and more malware appears, targeting the fruity devices. And now, there's a new threat on the books.

Known as "Devil Robber" unofficially, but in fact catchily named OSX/Miner D, the Trojan has been making its way into Apple (and Windows, unfortunately) machines as part of infected torrent downloads. Specifically, in cracked versions GraphicConverter version 7.4, though there are likely other sources as well.

Once present on a user's machine, it opens a back door into the system, not only allowing remote control, but monitoring as well. It will also actively search for credit card information and take screenshots periodically in order to gather information about the user.

Devil Robber doesn't stop there, though: it also steals passwords and logins, dumps hidden information from the truecrypt data, Vidalia, Safari browser history, and sticks it all into a dump.txt file. And on top of all this, it also attempts to generate Bitcoins by using up your hardware's spare CPU and GPU cycles.

This is often where people will pick up on the infection, as with your processing power being used up by the bitcoin mining operation, your system will feel sluggish and the cooling fans are likely to spin up under the increased work load.

However, the best measures are of course, preventative. If you're a Mac user of any kind, understand that you can get viruses, Trojans and other malware, and it can be devastating in some instances. Make sure that you're protected with some third-party anti-malware software.