OSX.ThiefQuest

Short bio

OSX.ThiefQuest is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a data stealer that pretends to be ransomware, targeted at systems running macOS.

ransom prompt

OSX.ThiefQuest pretends to be ransomware

Type and source of infection

OSX.ThiefQuest is believed to be a data stealer because of the presence of keylogging and backdoor code and there are possibly stolen data sent to a C&C server.
OSX.ThiefQuest was distributed as a Little Snitch installer available for download on a Russian forum dedicated to sharing torrent links.

fake Little Snitch

Aftermath

If files were encrypted it is highly doubtful they can actually be recovered. No email address was provided to contact the threat actor and the Bitcoin address is the same vor every victim, making it hard to verify who has paid.

  • Data/information about the system may have been stolen

 

Protection

Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes OSX.ThiefQuest.

Remediation

Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove the components of this malware.

Download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Mac.

Click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.

If threats are detected during the scan, a count of detected threats is displayed. More detailed threat information is displayed after the scan completes.

Click “Confirm” to move the detected threats to Quarantaine.

If a restart is required to complete remediation of threats detected during a scan, you will be notified. When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking “Restart”.

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