Java Backdoor acts as a 'Bot'

Java is the next most popular exploited platform after Windows. Researchers found a sample of a Java-based Trojan— dubbed JV/BackDoor-FAZY—that opens a back door for an attacker to execute commands and acts as a bot after infection. Such a malicious file can be bundled with a legitimate file and dropped and executed in the background without the user’s consent. It can then copy itself to all available drives on the systems and allow the capture of data, keystrokes etc.

Takeaway: Multi-platform malware is not entirely new, but with the increasing popularity of Apple products and systems running Linux, there is an incentive for malware authors to save time and resources by developing strains that are capable of infecting multiple operating systems. The key takeaway is to keep all systems patched and updated on vulnerabilities.