Researchers recently discovered a strain of malware designed to spy on Mac users.
The malware, "FruitFly", has been quietly running in the background of infected Macs, possibly for years. FruitFly "spies on users through the computer's camera, captures images of what's displayed on the screen and logs key strokes."
Researchers who discovered FruitFly in 2017 believe it may have been around since before 2014. They do not know who created it, how it infects computers, or if the victims are random or selected. Researchers also discovered another version of the malware, called FruitFly 2. They have already found this version on 400 computers, and believe many more Macs are infected.
Most malware targeting Macs has been adware, which makes FruitFly's spyware unique. The chief security researcher, who uncovered FruitFly, thinks the purpose of the malware is not to steal personal data for money, but rather to spy on individuals. Selena Larson "Mac malware caught silently spying on computer users," money.cnn.com (Jul. 24, 2017).