EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecard
EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards are assessment reports for different malware threats which have been collected and analyzed by our research team. EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards evaluate and rank threats using several metrics including real-world and potential risk factors, trends, frequency, prevalence, and persistence. EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards are updated regularly based on our research data and metrics and are useful for a wide range of computer users, from end users seeking solutions to remove malware from their systems to security experts analyzing threats.
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Ranking: The ranking of a particular threat in EnigmaSoft’s Threat Database.
Severity Level: The determined severity level of an object, represented numerically, based on our risk modeling process and research, as explained in our Threat Assessment Criteria.
Infected Computers: The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular threat detected on infected computers as reported by SpyHunter.
See also Threat Assessment Criteria.
|Threat Level:||90 % (High)|
|First Seen:||October 9, 2020|
|Last Seen:||September 12, 2023|
SpyAgent.J is the name of a Backdoor Trojan aimed at infecting MacOS-based machines in particular. The malware shares many characteristic features with other threats of its type. Combined with its persistent nature, those features turn SpyAgent.J into an unwanted guest on any machine running OSX.
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A Silent Spy
As its name suggests, SpyAgent.J is a vehicle used by cybercrooks to sneak a surreptitious glance at your MacOS computer and siphon off any potentially useful data. By saying "potentially useful data," we mean any file(s) that may benefit those who acquire it. They could either take advantage of it (banking details) or try to blackmail their owners should the latter wish to regain their access. Since it may take a while till SpyAgent.J comes across any critical files, it is its job to fly under the radar of your anti-malware solution for as long as it can. Eventually, the Backdoor threat could even grant the actors who utilize it unauthorized access to your PC.
A Spyware-Based Infection Vector
Although researchers currently don’t know much about how SpyAgent.J succeeds in infecting so many targets, they suspect other spyware may be at play. SpyAgent.J may also come from malware-infested websites dropping all sorts of additional pieces containing malicious code onto your system. Should a SpyAgent.J infection occur, it usually creates a Library directory with a "Launch" folder. The latter is presumably the malware's final destination. Once inside the Library, SpyAgent.J makes a LauchAgent file. Dubbed “Launchd," this file lets the Backdoor Trojan load during system startup. Thus, SpyAgent.J paves the way for a full-fledged connection to a remote IP address/server. That’s when things may turn real sour as the actors behind SpyAgent.J get the green light to start dumping additional malicious payloads onto your system at their discretion.
The Damage Amount May Vary
Besides collecting system data (RAM size, user login data, miscellaneous hardware and software details, etc.), the crooks exploiting SpyAgent.J Trojan may end up managing your files, your processes, and your system as a whole, leaving ample room for improvisations. All in all, you may remain clueless about the infection until you face its aftereffects. Therefore, if you see an opened bash shell command prompt or self-killing system processes, you should waste no time running a full system scan and remove any threats along the way.