Backdoor:OSX/Tsunami.A is a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) flooder that is also capable of downloading files and executing shell commands in an infected system.

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Backdoor:OSX/Tsunami.A is an OS X platform ported version of the IRC bot for Linux called "Kaiten wa goraku." Upon execution, it connects to an IRC server and then joins a password protected channel where it waits for further commands.

It is mainly a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) flooder, hence the name Tsunami. However, it is also capable of performing other actions such as downloading additional files and executing shell commands in an infected system. These actions could grant the bot master almost a full control of the infected system.

The IRC parameters, drop files and launch points differ between variants. As of this writing, two variants have been found. The table below describes the characteristics of the two variants.

IRC Server:Port Channel Drop Files and Launch Points #tarapia None. It must be installed manually by the user or an attacker who has access to the system #harbour -
/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ - launch point
/usr/sbin/logind - copy of the malware

As of this writing, both servers are not accessible