A well-known North Korean hacking entity, calling itself Lazarus Group has continued it’s activity after hacking Sony Films several years ago and they have now unleashed their newest creation – a Lazarus Trojan for Mac OS machines.
Kaspersky researchers have just went public about the Lazarus Group infecting the IT machines of a cryptocurrency platform, located in Asia. The group went as far as to create a Trojanized app and upload it on a website that is very well masked to resemble a legitimate one. The app itself contained a Trojan code embedded in it which infected users back in 2016. Then, the app was known as Fallchill and was classified as a Remote Access Trojan or RAT for short.
The Hacking Group Now Turns to Mac Users
Now, the latest reports have uncovered new information about Lazarus’s activity. The hacking group this time started to develop and unleash a malware which is directly hidden in the same app, in which the Fallchill malware was detected back in 2016 with the difference being that this time the app is for Mac devices. But this time they have not used the app to upload it in a modified way on fake websites, but rather pushed a malicious update via an exploit in the application itself. By doing so, the hackers were able to successfully download the malware sometime later.
The Lazarus Trojan May Be Oriented Towards CryptoExchanges
The Trojanized Trading app which Kaspersky does not want to disclose at the moment reportedly had a valid certificate which according to experts gave it an open door through most security checks on Mac devices. But the biggest mystery revolving around this certificate according to experts is that it’s sole origin is a company that is virtually a ghost as researchers struggled to find where it is based and if it even exists.
And not only this, but other cyber-security companies have also reported other malware creator groups from North Korea to also be oriented to crypto-exchanges and also other financial organizations and the malware was always from such type that it aims to obtain funds which are likely to be headed to, you guessed it, North Korea.
But the story about malware and crypto exchanges gets even more interesting as they are likely becoming the next mainstream target of cyber-crooks as for 2017 alone, the following exchanges from South Korea have become malware victims:
Researchers also point out the fact that a hacking group from the magnitude of Lazarus has developed it’s RAT to work on Windows and Mac machines as well, suggesting that there are more attacks to come as it may mean that the hackers expect great rewards from such organization-oriented campaigns.
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the will be removed.
Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.