New Dridex banking malware targets macOS computers

A new Dridex banking malware variant uses macOS to spread and infect other computers.

Dridex Banking malware

Trend Micro, a security research firm, previously said the malware was exclusive to Windows computers. Now cybercriminals have modified the virus to include MacBooks and Apple devices. The analyzed sample, collected by Trend Micro, is a Mach-O file with possible extensions .bundle, .dylib, and .o.

The malware contains a document that automatically runs and downloads more files through a remote server. Since the program is an .exe file, it will not harm macOS users, although a change may be made in the future. Users are advised not to download unknown attachments from users they do not know.

Apple has built several security tools, including XProtect and Gatekeeper, into macOS as the first line of defense. Users can also download and install third-party antivirus and anti-malware software or apps to further reduce the chances of a digital infection.

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