.. have they figured out how to install it without asking an admin user for permission?
From the second article: "Bott tested Mdinstall.pkg on a Mac running Safari, and the malware installed itself without a password." It seems you don't need a password for at least one of the new variants, although you still get the "This is from the internet, do you trust it?" warning.
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