Mac OS X Screensavers Coupled with Spyware, Intego Says
Security firm Intego is warning Mac users about spyware bundled with free screensavers and applications being offered on numerous Websites.Researchers from Intego have uncovered spyware being distributed with numerous free screensavers and applications for Mac OS X. According to Intego, the spyware, detected as OSX/OpinionSpy, records user activity and opens a backdoor on infected systems. The malware is installed by a number of applications and screensavers distributed on sites such as MacUpdate, VersionTracker and Softpedia. While the spyware itself is not contained in these applications, it is downloaded during the installation process, the company noted.
"The information provided with some of these applications contains a misleading text that users must accept explaining that a 'market research' program is installed with them, but not all of these specify this," Intego said in a June 1 advisory. "Some of these programs are also distributed directly from developers' web sites with no such warning."