NEWSLETTER: FRUITFLY MALWARE RESURFACES & APPLE’S HOMEGROWN OLED SCREENS

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I use Mac. Not because it’s more secure than everything else – because it is actually less secure than Windows – but I use it because it is still under the radar. People who write malicious code want the greatest return on their investment, so they target Windows systems. I still work with Windows in virtual machines.~ Kevin Mitnick (Computer Security Consultant, Convicted Hacker)

FRUITFLY STILL CONTINUES TO TARGET APPLE SYSTEMS

THE STORY

The notorious backdoor Mac malware seems totally unstoppable despite Apple’s new patch for users.

WHAT IS FRUITFLY?

While Mac systems are considered to be near impervious to digital infection, users are aware of the sharp increase in Mac Malware in the past few years. 6 months ago, another highly devious malware surfaced for Mac, named by Malwarebytes as ‘Fruitfly’. Although it was brought to notice fairly recently, several of its peculiarities suggest it had existed before Mac OS Yosemite. In simple words, it uses codes from Mac’s obsolete OS to create a backdoor for itself to infect newer systems.

WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE CAN IT CAUSE?

Despite initial claims of this malware being a simple trojan, it was later revealed to have a far more complex behavior with remote control capabilities. It can also use webcam to record and spy on users without letting them know. So far, researchers haven’t been able to track down Fruitfly’s creators making it even more secretive and dangerous. Moreover, since it utilizes antiquity codes, experts claim that this virus might have existed since a longer time than what most have predicted.

Nevertheless, no one has yet been able to tear down the malware making it even more mysterious for victims.

WHAT DOES THIS PROVE?

Although malware infections are certainly no joke, this also points to the fact that regardless of how safe they feel, but even Mac users are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Intercepting the malware’s traffic also revealed that nearly 400 systems have been infected by Fruitfly but the numbers could rise.

Hence it is important for Mac users to not give in to overconfidence and be more careful when handling emails and attachment from unknown sources.


APPLE WILL MAKE THEIR OWN OLED SCREENS

THE STORY

Apple Inc. invests heavily in buying new machinery to supposedly make their own OLED production line.

WHY DID THEY NEED THIS?

Although this might not sound very state-of the art for a company like Apple, but OLED screen has become one of the major concerns with their upcoming iPhone 8. Amidst shortage of OLD screen units, the 10th anniversary iPhone has already been delayed till end of this year. But Apple certainly doesn’t want that to become a hurdle for future devices. Hence, it is totally justified that they set up their own production line to avoid any such shortages.

WHO CURRENTLY SUPPLIES OLED TO APPLE?

At the moment, Apple buys their OLED screens from Samsung and LG in large quantities. Since older iPhone and iPad models only utilized LCD screens, the supply for OLED screen is turning to be quite an achilles’ heel for Apple. They have recently bought CVD machines that are a major component for creating an OLED production line.

WILL APPLE OLED SCREEN BE READY BEFORE IPHONE 8 LAUNCH?

Not really since it would take at least 4-5 months to create a functioning production line. So if you’re hoping for an Apple produced screen when iPhone 8 surfaces, it’s better to wait for the next iPhone series. Moreover, since 70 million OLED screens are already being supplied by Samsung, there is still quite some time before original Apple screens start floating out.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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