It’s a common misconception that Apple users don’t need to worry about viruses and malware infecting their Macs.
While Macs might be less likely to be infected than a Windows computer, they are still at risk from malware.
And now security experts are warning about a new form of Mac malware that can avoid detection from anti virus software and carry out a range of nefarious tasks without your knowledge.
The malware, dubbed OSX/MaMi can change the DNS settings on the infected Mac, rerouting the user’s internet traffic to a malicious server in order to steal login credentials, passwords and other sensitive data.
According to 9 to 5 Mac, the malware can also take screenshots, download and upload files and execute a range of other commands.
To make matters worse, the malware is not currently detected by most anti virus software.
It is not exactly clear how Macs are being infected with the malware, but security researcher Patrick Wardle who first discovered OSX/MaMi thinks fake emails and social engineering are the likely cause.
Users can check if they have been infected by manually checking the DNS settings on their machine.
Do this by going to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > and then go to the DNS menu.
If the DNS settings are at 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 then your machine has been infected with the malware.
This the latest in a number of high profile flaws and viruses that have hit macOS in recent weeks.
If you use a Mac and haven’t installed virus protection then it is about time you did.