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Mac malware gives attackers full access to your computerThe new malware installs a back door on compromised Mac systems, allowing an attacker to gain access to the webcam and file system. Here's how to identify and remove the malware from a Mac.
[SOUND] Mac users are being targeted by Eleanor. But it's not a jolted ex-lover, it's malware. The malware hides in a drag and drop app called EasyDoc Converter, that makes Microsoft Word documents from other file types. Once installed it runs an illicit script that gives an attacker anonymous access to the Mac. Through a webased control panel an attacker can access the file system, execute commands and scripts or capture images from the webcam. Those exploits are just the tip of iceberg. The program is targeting intel based macs running snowleopard or later. So, how can you avoid infection? The simplest way is, don't download apps from unidentified sources, or anything called EasyDoc Converter. It was found on third party download sites, and not on the Mac app store. By default, the gatekeeper in OS X and Mac OS won't run unsigned apps so that's an additional layer of protection. It's also good practice to double-check these permissions, which you can find by going to system preferences Security and privacy and the general tab. Under allow apps downloaded from choose the Mac App Store or Mac App Store and identified developers. If you think you may already be infected or already downloaded AV dot converter use anti malware software like Malwarebytes to remove it.