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Trojan Strikes At Apple's Mac

A detrimental Trojan virus was recently found targeting Apple's Mac operating system.

Intego Security found the latest malware wrapped in a legitimate poker application for Mac OS X known as "Poker Game".

This application is basically a script, packed in an executable (prone to virus) file, which is distributed as a zip file via emails.

If a user tries to open the "Poker Stealer Trojan", the application asks for administrator's password, and if the password is provided, SSH (Secure Shell) is instantly opened by the program to establish communication with another server, explained Intego.

Once the communications between the virus infected computer system and the server begins, the user name, password and the IP address are automatically sent out, which enable hackers to gain control over the computer, damage files, operating systems or perform any other task.

These malicious viruses can even log keystrokes, switch on file sharing and can also activate Apple iSight Camera.

The growing number of attacks on Apple Mac OS shows that Apple's growing popularity is making it more prone to hackers.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.