(Alliance News) - Kape Technologies PLC on Tuesday said its Intego development team was the first to expose two new high-profile macOS malware security threats, both of which Kape users are now fully protected against.
In July last year, Kape bought cybersecurity software as a service firm Netural Holdings Ltd, trading as Intego, for USD16.0 million from Bessemer Venture Partners. Intego provides malware protection, firewall, anti-spam, backup and data protection for Apple Mac and IOS.
The security software provider said its macOS security analyst team, which has expanded as part of Kape's integration of Intego, recently discovered two important malware families for Apple users.
The first was the OSX/CrescentCore malware that installs malicious Safari extension software delivered via a Trojan Horse application concealed as an Adobe Flash Player installer. This new malware was first observed linking from a site purporting to share digital copies of new comic books for free.
In addition, Kape said its team discovered a new Mac malware, OSX/Linker, that seeks to capitalise on existing macOS Gatekeeper security flaws, which could be used by hackers to gain entry into private and supposedly secure operating systems.
"We are delighted that our development teams at Intego have been instrumental in preventing further security breaches for macOS users globally," said Chief Executive Ido Erlichman.
"These recent discoveries reinforce the commitment to research and development that we have across our business, which continues to place Kape at the epicenter of protecting our users' digital lives," added Erlichman.
Kape shares were trading 0.5% lower in London on Tuesday at 84.05 pence each.