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New Malware-as-a-Service Offerings Target Mac OS X
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SchemaCzar
SchemaCzar,
User Rank: Strategist
6/13/2017 | 10:22:52 AM
Not very impressed with the risk
These exploits are all Trojan Horses.  The victim must be duped not just into launching the app, but to override the security settings.  They have other inexplicable weaknesses - they don't seem that serious.  I trust OSX security a lot, but there must be more serious attacks than this.  MacRansom is essentially a shell script, and the encryption key may not be recoverable.  What is the deal???
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
6/13/2017 | 3:47:34 PM
Re: Not very impressed with the risk
I had the same initial response, but I do realize that a massive amount of the typical cybersecurity engineer's target flock (assuming you work in end user security) are folks who can be duped, who do put in the effort to install and run such apps, and then provide whatever is asked for.  Now, take that to the Enterprise security level and realize many of those end users are working in your environment, and now you have a serious headache for InfoSec techs.  We are taxed to tears by simple and inelegant intrusions like those created by malware and I think it is worthwhile to talk about them, as well as the more sophisticated and ultimately more damaging exploits. 
SchemaCzar
SchemaCzar,
User Rank: Strategist
6/13/2017 | 4:12:00 PM
Re: Not very impressed with the risk
Hmmmm.  I see your point.  I've worked in some places, however, that completely block any software installation or execution by end users.
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
6/13/2017 | 4:29:00 PM
Re: Not very impressed with the risk
Agreed.  No admin access to the user system is definitely the best way to go.  That's what we do here and I'd rather see an admin huff up to a user's desk and do a managed install than see a user able to install whatever they want :-)


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