New Mac Malware Infects Dalai Lama Site

mmalsmallIt's not often that Macs get infected with malicious software, so when it does happen it always becomes a pretty big news story. Thanks to a  new program known as Dockster, large amounts of your personal information could be at risk had you been browsing a rather specific website related to the Dalai Lama.

It's not often that Macs get infected with malicious software, so when it does happen it always becomes a pretty big news story. Thanks to a  new program known as Dockster, large amounts of your personal information could be at risk had you been browsing a rather specific website related to the Dalai Lama. It sounds kind of silly, but regardless of your browsing history we urge you to check your Mac for possible updates as soon as you get the chance.

 

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I'm sure one question that a lot of  people might ask would be, why should we care about one specific virus on a single website, but the answer here is really quite simple. Even though you may not be spending your spare time reading up on all of that Dalai Lama gossip, there are plenty of other malicious organizations that could use the exact same code on a site  of their own. Not to panic everybody here over a somewhat small threat, but in theory this does mean that Dockster can pretty much wind up anywhere now that its source has run wild.

 

The big question to ask then is what specifically can this virus do. Essentially it is more or less a modified version of the Flashback malware that first emerged a few years back. It allowed a vulnerability in javascript to be exploited to allow a backdoor entry to your machine. Once executed, a keylogger is installed that maps any and all of the keystrokes you make throughout the day. This means for example that if you type your Facebook password or Debit Card number, someone can easily view  it. That being said, while that result could  mean disaster the simple fix here is just to make sure your system is up to date. Should that be true, then chances are you will be safe. This is more or less just a PSA so that none of you can possibly lose something important. Careful on the net guys!

 

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