Threat Database Mac Malware ConnectedProtocol


Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 12
First Seen: August 26, 2021
Last Seen: March 18, 2022

ConnectedProtocol is an application being promoted to Mac users by deceptive and dubious websites. The application could be presented under the guise of an important software update. In reality, when installed on the Mac, ConnectedProtocol will reveal that its main function is that of adware. The reliance on questionable distribution tactics also makes the application a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

Adware is a category for intrusive applications designed specifically to generate and deliver unwanted advertisements to the computers or devices they are installed on. The operators of such software tools aim to earn profits in the process. Naturally, ConnectedProtocol may operate in the same manner. Users may be subjected to a constant influx of annoying and untrustworthy advertisements. The advertisements could contain promotional materials for fake giveaways, various online tactics, additional PUPs posing as legitimate applications, shady adult pages, etc.

PUPs also are infamous for having data-harvesting capabilities. While active on the device, these applications may spy on the users' browsing activities and collect numerous device details. The transmitted information may include IP addresses, visited websites, clicked URLs, and, in some cases, even banking information, account credentials and card details.


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