The malware seeded by pirated software months ago and creating what was dubbed iBotnet by Symantec security researchers proves the concept of botnets on Apple systems, but doesn’t achieve major botnet status, eWeek reports. An article in the April issue of Virus Bulletin by two Symantec researchers says malware for the Apple Macintosh from January was used to create a botnet, and that the botnet attempted a denial-of-service attack. The malware attacks at the time were noteworthy: They hid inside what apparently pirated copies of Apple’s iWork software and Adobe Photoshop CS4. The programs were spread through BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks. Symantec identified the malicious code as OSX.Iservice. According to Mario Ballano Barcena and Alfredo Pesoli of Symantec Ireland, OSX.Iservice created a backdoor on the systems that allowed control to be issued from a small number of specific hosts. A remote attacker could use a vocabulary of 31 commands…

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