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November 01, 2011, 04:57:33 AM
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A newly identified Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that leverages the processing power of video cards (GPUs) to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency.

The new Trojan was dubbed DevilRobber by antivirus vendors and is being distributed together with several software applications via BitTorrent sites.

http://www.techworld.com.au/article/405849/mac_os_x_trojan_steals_processing_power_produce_bitcoins

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November 01, 2011, 05:59:27 AM
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Wow - people on /. really don't like bitcoins!

http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/11/01/028212/new-mac-os-trojan-produces-bitcoins

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November 01, 2011, 09:36:50 AM
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How is that possible? Mac has NO VIRUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least, that bullshit is what you keep hearing in the "applestore"  Roll Eyes

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November 01, 2011, 05:35:34 PM
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You are a bitcoin miner and didn't even know it.   Cheesy

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November 01, 2011, 05:52:11 PM
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Seems like this kind of thing was inevitable.  Because it depends on a user with a Mac with ATI graphics and the user not noticing high GPU usage, it seems like this probably won't be that profitable.  Part the sucks the most is the uninformed started to associate the bitcoins with a virus.  We need good associations/press, not things like this.

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November 01, 2011, 05:53:05 PM
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A fool and his Mac are soon infected...

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November 01, 2011, 06:06:10 PM
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How is that possible? Mac has NO VIRUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least, that bullshit is what you keep hearing in the "applestore"  Roll Eyes

trojan != virus

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November 01, 2011, 06:09:55 PM
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How is that possible? Mac has NO VIRUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least, that bullshit is what you keep hearing in the "applestore"  Roll Eyes

trojan != virus

The general public really doesn't care.

Bitoin is being linked w/ malware and that can only be bad for adoption.
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November 01, 2011, 06:17:54 PM
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Seems like this kind of thing was inevitable.  Because it depends on a user with a Mac with ATI graphics and the user not noticing high GPU usage, it seems like this probably won't be that profitable.  Part the sucks the most is the uninformed started to associate the bitcoins with a virus.  We need good associations/press, not things like this.

Wouldn't be hard to limit how much GPU power the miner uses to specifically prevent anyone from notice. A lot of malware these days are doing about the same thing by cleaning and patching competing bots off of peoples computers so that the infected computer won't get too slow, which is often the only hint a lot of people have they are infected.

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