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Intego: There’s A New Spyware for Mac OS X Around, And It Comes with Free Apps

Intego has issued a warning of a new spyware for Mac OS X called "“OSX/OpinionSpy" which can record user's activity, runs at a root level and can send information to 3rd party servers.

"The spyware is installed by a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of websites. This spyware, OSX/OpinionSpy, performs a number of malicious actions, from scanning files to recording user activity, as well as sending information about this activity to remote servers and opening a backdoor on infected Macs.

The spyware itself is not contained in these applications, but is downloaded during the installation process.

The information provided with some of these applications contains a misleading text that users must accept explaining that a "market research" program is installed with them, but not all of these specify this. Some of these programs are also distributed directly from developers' web sites with no such warning."

We still don't know what are the applications that contain this malware and which websites provide these apps. We'll keep you posted as we know more.

[via The Loop]

UPDATE

Here's the list of the affected apps and screensavers:

Secret Land ScreenSaver v.2.8

Color Therapy Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

7art Foliage Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Nature Harmony Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Fiesta Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Fractal Sun Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Full Moon Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Sky Flight Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Sunny Bubbles Clock ScreenSaver v.2.9

Everlasting Flowering Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Magic Forest Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Freezelight Clock ScreenSaver v.2.9

Precious Stone Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Silver Snow Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Water Color Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Love Dance Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Galaxy Rhythm Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

7art Eternal Love Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Fire Element Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Water Element Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Emerald Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Radiating Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Rocket Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Serenity Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Gravity Free Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Crystal Clock ScreenSaver v.2.6

One World Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

Sky Watch ScreenSaver v.2.8

Lighthouse Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8

One application has found to be affected:

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