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Virus hits into Macs
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 10/27/2004 09:02:00 PM.

Sophos is warning Mac users about a virus that can disable Mac OS X's built in firewall, steal personal information, and destroy data.

Sophos’ head of technology Paul Ducklin told Silicon.com: "The Renepo [also refered to as Opener] virus, is designed to infect any Mac OS X drives connected to the infected system and it leaves affected computers vulnerable to further hacker attack.

"It disables Mac OS X's built in firewall, creates a back door so the malware author can control the computer remotely, locates any passwords stored on the hard drive and downloads a password cracker called JohnTheRipper.

"Opener tries to spread by copying itself to any drive that is mounted to the infected computer. This could be a local drive, part of a local network or a remote computer."

Ducklin warns: "It could be the start of a spate of viruses that uses Mac OS X’s scripting features against its users."

Symantec claims users of Norton AntiVirus for Mac OS X are protected as long as they have updated their signatures since the relevant upgrades were made available on Friday.

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