A Russian network of spam and malware affiliates known as “Partnerka” are beginning to aggressively focus on Apple Mac platform offering $.43 for each Mac machine infected. Dmitry Samosseikko from Sophos Labs provided a stunning presentation at VB Conference 2009.
As I discussed in the previous post about the Army taking up the Apple Mac platform that the common thought that Macs are immune to malware and have very few security issues was mostly bunk. In fact, on a monthly basis the Apple Mac platform has more vulnerablities than Microsoft Windows OS.
As with most affiliate programs, the site was offering promotional material in the form of MacOS video players and other trojanware. DNS Changer trojans embedded in promises of porn videos was a popular stunt to infect Mac machines.