Friday, 7 October 2016

Attack allows Mac malware to piggyback on your webcam, while it's in use

A new attack allows Mac malware to record video and audio whenever a victim legitimately turns on their webcam, without drawing attention to itself.
Now it's no surprise that malware would leverage webcams in an attempt to spy on OS X users. A victim could blurt out personal information which attackers could use for identity theft, or peeping toms could secretly record footage with the intention of blackmailing the unwitting victim.
That explains why some of the recent malware samples for OS X, including Eleanor and Mokes, come equipped with the ability to record video and audio content from infected computers.