A malicious Windows EXE file can even infect your Mac computer as well.
Yes, you heard me right — a .exe malware on macOS.
Security researchers at antivirus firm Trend Micro have discovered a novel way hackers are using in the wild to bypass Apple’s macOS security protection and infect Mac computers by deploying malicious EXE files that normally run only on Windows computers.
Researchers found several samples of malicious macOS application (.dmg) masquerading as installers for popular software on a torrent site that includes an EXE application compiled with Mono framework to make it compatible with macOS.
Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework that allows developers to create cross-platform .NET applications, which work across all supported platforms, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
Usually, running any Windows executable results in error on macOS systems, and its built-in protection mechanisms such as Gatekeeper also skips scanning .exe files for any malicious code.
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