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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:10 PM

Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware' {Flashback Trojan} (BBC)

More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet".

The firm, Dr Web, says that more than half that number are based in the US.

Apple has released a security update, but users who have not installed the patch remain exposed.

Flashback was first detected last September when anti-virus researchers flagged up software masquerading itself as a Flash Player update. Once downloaded it deactivated some of the computer's security software.
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more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17623422

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eppur_se_muova Apr 2012 OP
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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:13 PM

1. Hundreds of millions of PCs are infected by variants. You can check here...

For PCs and Macs: http://botnetchecker.com

Macs can automatically update to defend against this stuff. People who were infected probably don't allow this.

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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:22 PM

2. Nice link, thanks ! nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:42 PM

4. interesting note...flashback exploits java not OSX

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