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A new version of Apple malware has been found and it has started to spread to Apple Macs via the networked printer file files. The malware is a kind of ‘Backdoor Trojan’ and some experts have named this Trojan as ‘Pintsized’. Apple Mac OS X is troubled by this malware but as of now, the limit of the damage caused is not known.

A backdoor Trojan, as the name reveals, secretly enters a device by pretending to be a genuine file or program. Once inside, such a Trojan offers an open channel of access to a remote hacker. The hacker then controls and enters the device to cause disaster.

This latest Trojan ‘Pintsized’ stays inattentive by disguising itself as a file that is used for networked printers in Mac Operating System X. The location of the malware has been traced to this specific directory. This tactic covers the Trojan and makes a monitor think that a printer is looking for access to the network.


Once the Trojan infiltrates a device it forms a secure connection among the machine and a remote control center. Once a hacker access device remotely, he/she can collect crucial data. He can also direct commands towards the device and manipulate it to fulfill these instructions.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Since the link between the hacker and the device is encrypted, it becomes very difficult for the Trojan to be traced or detected. This encrypted network link also escapes the detection from Gatekeeper, Apple’s predefined malware scanner. Gatekeeper stops the installation of malware on a Mac via a digital signature system.

Since this is a targeted attack where the target has already been profiled before (similar to the one in a watering hole attack), the remote hacker already knows when a device is compromised. So he straightaway sends executable commands to the device rather than getting notifications to announce that a device has been infected.

It is supposed that this is a targeted attack that may have been simply dropped by an attacker. Since the victim has already been profiled (through a watering hole attack) the controller verifies the device to perform instructions. This is done via a notification that reaches the controller to announce that the device is infected.

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