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Security Alert: Trojan found in Pirated copies of Apple’s iWorks 09

Posted on January 22, 2009

Security Alert: A trojan is being distributed with pirated copies of Apple’s iWorks 09.

Pirated copies of iWorks 09 are being distributed with a trojan bundled in the installer package. Intego has released a warning recommending that users should not download iWorks 09 from pirate software sites.

The malicious software is installed in the startup items folders ( /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices ) where it has full root privilege rights. Once installed the trojan connects to a remote server notifying it of the infected computers location on the net awaiting further instruction including the ability of downloading additional components.

Users concerned of infection may use third party software from security vendors to remove the trojan horse.

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