New Apple Trojan slays Adobe pirates

As of Jan 25, an estimated 5,000 people had downloaded a hijacked version of Adobe CS4.

The Trojan that was being distributed last week in pirated copies of Apple's iWork 09 program on BitTorrent has reappeared only days later hiding inside copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4.

The new version, dubbed OSX.Trojan.iServices.B, has much the same general purpose as the first incarnation, asking for root privileges in order to open a back door into a user's machine, Mac security company Intego has reported.

A user's system could be subject to a range of remotely-initiated purposes, including acting as a spam relay or initiating a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Either one of these could get the user's Internet connection blacklisted.

"The first version of this Trojan horse was seen downloading new code to infected computers, which were then used in a DDoS attack on certain websites. Since this new variant uses the same technology, and contacts the same remote servers, it is likely that it will attempt to download new code and perform such actions," the company said in a release.

The user would not know anything was amiss because the pirated but fully working copy of Photoshop is installed as normal by the Trojan installer at the same time as it installs its own files.

As of January 25th at 11am GMT (6am EST), an estimated 5,000 people had downloaded the hijacked version of the Adobe CS4 application, according to Intego, which has tracked its existence on BitTorrent downloading sites, and which also notified the world of last week's iWork 09 version.

The company added that an extra 1,000 downloads had happened of the iWork version, in addition to the 20,000 downloads made before alerts went out. The two versions of the Trojan were definitely the work of the same group as both used the same remote servers, the company said.

One week into this particular Trojan story, and the same group has now hit two separate pirated Apple applications. Sages will shake their heads at the thought that Apple users would download such 'free' software, but it is clearly a problem that defines the Internet itself, regardless of platform.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags adobe cs4

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John E. Dunn

Techworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?