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Apr172009

Symantec researchers dissect world’s first Mac botnet

Symantec researchers Mario Ballano Barcena and Alfredo Pesoli has shed new light on the world’s first Mac OS X botnet, which causes infected machines to mount denial of service attacks. The infections are the same ones described in this post said, one morning to discover 100 per cent of his Mac laptop’s resources were being consumed by a bunch of unfamiliar resources. After digging further, he found a foreign PHP script with root privileges was flooding an undisclosed website with data packets. The botnet employs a peer-to-peer engine, encryption and a structure that allows it to dynamically adapt.from January.

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