Windows Malware Infects macOS with Malicious Executable File

If you’re a tech-savvy user, the title probably doesn’t make much sense to you because executable files can’t run on Mac, as they are specifically designed for Windows.

And yet, hackers have found a clever way to employ the existing tech to add support for EXE files on a Mac in order to actually infect these devices.

Security vendor Trend Micro has discovered a new tactic that comes down to a DMG file that packs such an executable file, which is then used to deploy additional malicious payloads on the target system.

The DMG file is supposed to install a firewall application for macOS called Little Snitch, so when trying to deploy the security software, users also launch the EXE file.

Because executable files can’t run on macOS by default, the malware authors also included a copy of Mono, a free framework that makes this thing possible. So basically, when opening the DMG file to install Little Snitch, the executable file is also launched using the said framework.
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Juniya Sankara

Juniya Sankara

I love everything to do with Microsoft Windows, and the new Windows 10 is great so far. I love to spend my time researching on how viruses and bacteria work in my personal lab. I also enjoy history and comics.