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Mac malware 'FruitFly' caught silently spying on computer users

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Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 06:16:57-04

Many Apple computer users have long believed they’re immune to viruses and malware, but new reports say spyware called “FruitFly” has been infecting Macs for years.

FruitFly can allow hackers to spy on users through the computer’s camera, capture images of what’s on screen and record key strokes, CNN reports.

Security firm Malwarebytes found the first variant of FruitFly in January, but a second version has recently emerged, affecting at least 400 computers, according to Patrick Wardle, chief securtiy researcher at security firm Synack.

"Mac users are over-confident," Wardle told CNN. "We might not be as careful as we should be on the internet or opening up email attachments.”

Wardle said it’s unclear how the malware got onto machines and whether it targeted individuals randomly or directly.

Apple did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.