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Mac Malware Steals Browser Cookies, Sensitive Data

January 31, 2019

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A recently discovered piece of Mac malware is targeting browser cookies associated with mainstream cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service websites, as well as personal user information, Palo Alto Networks security researchers say.

Based on the OSX.DarthMiner malware and dubbed CookieMiner, the new threat can also steal saved passwords from Chrome, and iPhone text messages from iTunes backups on tethered Macs. Successful attacks result in full access to the victim’s exchange account and/or wallet.

“By leveraging the combination of stolen login credentials, web cookies, and SMS data, based on past attacks like this, we believe the bad actors could bypass multifactor authentication for these sites,” the security researchers say.

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