Malwarebytes has discovered the first Mac malware of 2017, which had gone undetected for some time.
“The first Mac malware of 2017 was brought to my attention by an IT admin, who spotted some strange outgoing network traffic from a particular Mac,” said Malwarebytes’ Thomas Reed.
“This led to the discovery of a piece of malware unlike anything I’ve seen before, which appears to have been in existence for some time.”
Reed said the Mac malware appears to target biomedical research centres.
“The only reason I can think of that this malware hasn’t been spotted before now is that it is being used in very tightly-targeted attacks, limiting its exposure.”
Reed said the malware uses the “unsophisticated technique” of a hidden file and a launch agent.
This makes it easy to detect and remove, and Malwarebytes will detect this malware as OSX.Backdoor.Quimitchin.
Apple calls the malware Fruitfly and has released an update that will protect against future infections.