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Pirated copies of Final Cut Pro infect Macs with cryptojacking malware • Graham Cluley

Pirated copies of Final Cut Pro are being used to spread malware to Macs, according to security researchers at Jamf. These malicious torrents, which appear to contain the legitimate video-editing software, are instead being used to download cryptojacking malware capable of stealing CPU cycles from unsuspecting users.

Jamf’s researchers have warned that Mac users who attempt to download a pirated copy of Final Cut Pro from a torrent will be greeted with a message claiming the software has become corrupted. However, in the background, the cryptojacking malware will be installed and running on their Mac, using the CPU to mine cryptocurrency for criminals.

To protect against these kinds of threats, Mac users need to make sure their computers have up-to-date anti-virus software and only download software from legitimate sources. Installing pirated software is a fast-track to malware infection and should be avoided at all costs.

In summary, Mac users need to be aware that their computers are vulnerable to malware, just like PCs, and should take steps to protect themselves. This includes having up-to-date anti-virus software and avoiding pirated software downloads. Installing pirated copies of Final Cut Pro could lead to cryptojacking malware being installed on your Mac, so be extra careful when downloading software from unknown sources.

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