Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty
Jan 20, 2011, 16:05 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Goodin)
"From the department of cosmic justice comes this gem, spotted
by researchers from Symantec: a trojan that targets Windows, Mac,
and Linux computers contains gaping security vulnerabilities that
allow rival criminal gangs to commandeer the infected machines.
"Known as Trojan.Jnanabot, or alternately as OSX/Koobface.A or
trojan.osx.boonana.a, the bot made waves in October when
researchers discovered its Java-based makeup allowed it to attack
Mac and Linux machines, not just Windows PCs as is the case with
most malware. Once installed, the trojan components are stored in
an invisible folder and use strong encryption to keep
"The bot can force its host to take instructions through
internet relay chat, perform DDoS attacks, and post fraudulent
messages to the victim's Facebook account, among other things."