We used to hear, many years ago, that there are no viruses and malware written for Macs and other Apple devices, especially targeting the macOS. Times are changing now. There is a malware called Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor that installs a backdoor that then allows attackers full access to Mac systems. Once hackers can access your Mac computer they can get control of all your confidential data and can also control your web cam.
The malware installs itself in the guise of a fake drag-and-drop file converter application called Easy Doc Converter.app and since the file is available on trusted websites for Mac software, people don’t even suspect any wrongdoing. The characteristics of the new computer malware for the Mac systems were pointed out by the Internet security software company Bitdefender.
According to the Bitdefender description of the Mac malware:
This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it’s hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system. For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your private files or transform your laptop into a botnet to attack other devices. The possibilities are endless.
The fake description of the Mac malware says:
EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping your file onto the app. EasyDoc Converter is great for employees and students looking for a simple tool for quickly convert files to the popular Microsoft format. EasyDoc Converter lets you get to work quickly by using a simple, clean, drag-and-drop interface. The converted document will be saved in the same directory of the original file.
How does your Mac computer get infected by the Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor malware?
As described above, the malware comes as a fake drag-and-drop file converter application called Easy Doc Converter.app, so if you install this file, the malware installs itself on your Mac system. It then registers itself as a start-up application, allowing hackers and attackers unlimited access to your infected Mac.
You can get detailed information on the Mac computer malware on MacRumors.com.