Last March, WikiLeaks let out a stream of information, codenamed Vault 7, about the CIA’s spying efforts. Apart from applications accessing mobile devices, the dossier also showcased some quite nasty techniques on infiltrating smart TVs and computer systems.
Now, a new batch of information was revealed as WikiLeaks released details about Mac OSX vulnerabilities used by the CIA. While some are quite serious, there is perhaps no reason to be alarmed.
The newest Vault 7 WikiLeaks data showcased three vulnerabilities on the Mac OSX system: Achilles, SeaPea, and Imperial. These three are best described as snooping malware that can infect a Mac OSX system at any given time.
For instance, the Achilles, which was developed in 2011, can exists as a legitimate disk image. However, with Mac OSX’s security features, the user will still need to authorize credentials before the installation takes place.
Although these three malware or trojan sound threatening, to date, there are no known instances of these three being used in real life. This is pretty much due to the fact that all trojans need physical access to a system prior to infiltration. Furthermore, these vulnerabilities are made for much older systems. Therefore, if you have upgraded your system to the new macOS Sierra, chances are you will be covered.
For now, there is no reason to be alarmed by these new WikiLeaks revelations. Apple has been putting a lot of efforts into keeping its desktop operating system safe and secured. By far, macOS Sierra is the most secured OS currently existence. However, this does not mean that it is not prone to attacks.
Constant vigilance is still needed to keep you Mac system safe. There are malware in existence that can infect a Mac. In fact, over the last few months, reports suggest that Mac malware rose by 700 percent.
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