Mac users beware. A variant on an established Trojan for the Apple Mac OSX operating system has been discovered by Sophos.

OSX/MusMinim-A is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for the OSX platform, which is also known as “BlackHole RAT”. SophosLabs analyzed the sample it received and determined that it is a variant of a well-known Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for Windows known as darkComet.

So far, the trojan’s unknown author describes it as a “beta” version, whose functionality could be improved over time. OSX/MusMinim-A’s main threat component is a backdoor, which acts as the server half of a client-server pair of applications, the company said.

Sophos, which discovered the BlackHole RAT Trojan, claims that it can remove it (whew!) with its Sophos Anti-Virus product for the Macintosh, which it distributes for free (Yey! Free!). The most common way that your mac may be infected, according to Sophos, is by downloading the trojan as part of pirated software.

According to a Sophos blog post authored by Chester Wisniewski, the Trojan’s basic functionality includes:

  • Placing text files on the desktop
  • Sending a restart, shutdown or sleep command
  • Running arbitrary shell commands
  • Placing a full screen window with a message that only allows you to click reboot
  • Sending URLs to the client to open a website
  • Popping up a fake “Administrator Password” window to phish the target

In its present form, a message will also pop up next to the reboot command: “I am a Trojan Horse, so i have infected your Mac Computer,” it says. “I know, most people think Macs can’t be infected, but look, you ARE Infected! I have full controll over your Computer and i can do everything I want, and you can do nothing to prevent it. So, Im a very new Virus, under Development, so there will be much more functions when im finished.”

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Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is a traditional point-and-click adventure, where the player has to logically come up with answers and solutions to riddles and problems that he or she encounters during the course of the game.

These kind of games are my favorite and ironically, I finished this game in my iTouch compared to when I played it in my Macbook and PC. Yes, this is not a new game. More like this game was ported for iTouch users to enjoy. Featuring a widely-praised touch interface, this game introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story.

Experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure around Europe uncovering the mystery of the Knights of Templars. This game is a beautifully hand-animated 2D mystery adventure and its storytelling, entertaining puzzles, good humor and great good looks make it an awfully good game.

My only complaint in this game is that there should have been a setting to increase a character’s movement speed. That way, time would not be wasted for your character to go from one area to the next. Still, this game is awfully fun.

Next up for me, Broken Sword 2: Smoking Mirrors.

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