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OSX/OpinionSpy

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:OSX/OpinionSpy
Technical name:OSX/OpinionSpy
Threat level:Medium
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It only affects computers with the operating system Mac installed. It monitors users' activity and gathers personal data like usernames, passwords or email addresses. It uses the vulnerability CVE-2009-1105 to spread, which exploits a Java failure for Mac in the versions Mac OSX v10.6.3 and Mac OSX Server v10.6.3.

Affected platforms:

Mac

First detected on:June 4, 2010
Detection updated on:June 8, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

OSX/OpinionSpy is a spyware program that only affects computers with the operating system Mac installed.

OSX/OpinionSpy scans files from the affected computer, monitors users' activity and gathers personal data like usernames, passwords or email addresses. This information is then sent to several remote servers.

OSX/OpinionSpy spreads exploiting the vulnerability CVE-2009-1105, which exploits a Java failure for Mac in the versions Mac OSX v10.6.3 and Mac OSX Server v10.6.3.

Visible Symptoms 

    

OSX/OpinionSpy is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it may request users some information and displays windows like the following, which is a survey:

Survey displayed by OpinionSpy