Proton Sets A High Bar For Malware

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs by Iain Thomson

Proton was distributed by legitimate servers and is so severe that only a clean install will rid your system of the malware.

From the post:

Proton is a remote-control trojan designed specifically for Mac systems. It opens a backdoor granting root-level command-line access to commandeer the computer, and can steal passwords, encryption and VPN keys, and crypto-currencies from infected systems. It can gain access to a victim’s iCloud account, even if two-factor authentication is used, and went on sale in March with a $50,000 price tag.


Imagine a Windows trojan that requires a clean system install to disinfect your system.

Well, “disinfecting” a Windows system is a relative term.

If you are running Windows 10, you have already granted root access to Microsoft plus whoever they trust to your system.

Perhaps “disinfect within the terms and limitations of your EULA with Microsoft” is the better way to put it.

A bit verbose don’t you think?

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