Indians Among the Most Affected by macOS Malware Shlayer

People in India are affected by the most widespread macOS threat affected by Shieller in 2019, after those in the US, a new report from cybercity firm Kaspersky says. A smart malware distribution system, Sheeler spreads through a partner network, entertainment websites, and even Wikipedia, indicating that only users visiting legal sites still need additional protection.

According to the report, the top countries where users are affected by the threat include the United States (31 percent), India (18.9 percent), Germany (14 percent), France (10 percent) and the UK (10 percent).

“MacOS platforms are a good source of revenue for cybercriminals, who are constantly finding new ways to cheat users, and actively use social engineering techniques to spread their malware. This case shows that Such threats can be found even to legitimate sites. ” Said Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky security analyst.

“Fortunately for macOS users, the most widespread threats that target macOS currently revolve around feeding illegal advertising, such as stealing financial data, are somewhat more dangerous.”

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Malware specializes in the installation of adware – programs that terrorize users by feeding them illegal advertisements, intercept and gather users’ browser queries, and modify search results to deliver more advertising messages.

Shyler accounted for nearly a third of all attacks on MacOS devices registered by Kaspersky products in January-November 2019, with almost all of the other top 10 threatening to be MacOS adware: Adlayer .OSX.Bnodlero, AdWare. OSX.Geonei, AdWare.OSX.Pirrit and AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.

The infection process often consists of two steps – first the user installs Shalier, then the malware installs a selected type of adware. Device infection, however, begins with an unintentional user downloading the malicious program.

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To gain installations, the threat actor behind Schiller sets up a malware distribution system, with multiple channels leading users to download malware.

Kaspersky said attacks by Schiller were prevented at least once on every 10th device using Kaspersky Solutions for Mac in 2019.

“A good web security solution can protect users from threats like these, allowing the Web to experience a safe and enjoyable search,” Ivanov said.

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