Monero Mining Malware Found on Apple Macs

Monero Mining Malware Found on Apple Macs

A Mac-based, Monero cryptojacking malware was reported this past week on Apple forums. This malicious software privately runs on the victims computer and mines the privacy coin Monero utilizing a background executable file.

Malwarebytes Labs reported the discovery when a user notice that a process by the name of “mshelper” assumed a large amount of CPU time on their computer. The user also stated that the notice this malware running after installing BitDefender.

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One helpful reader of the Apple forum was able to suggest an anti-malware program called Etrecheck which identified the malware and allow victims to remove it.

Malwarebytes Labs stated that the suspicious process was installed by a “dropper” program. These programs often install decoy documents which users will mistakenly open or download from pirated sites.

Researchers found a launcher file called “pplauncher” which likely had root privileges.  The purpose of this file was to install and begin the mining process. This mining software uses an overhead of more than 23,000 tasks and is fairly easy to spot due this substantial amount of cpu resources.

Researchers at Malwarebytes state that the mining malware is not dangerous unless the users Mac has clogged vents or a damaged fan which can result in computer overheating.

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