Thursday, April 05, 2012

Flashback trojan reportedly infects 600,000 Macs

We've known it for some time: Mac OS is not invulnerable to malware. Instead, it was simply not targeted because its market share was not high enough to make it profitable. Now, with the focus on malware not being just about single infections, but creating botnets, Mac OS is a very good target.

Russian security company Dr. Web has reported that variations of the Flashback trojan have infected more than 500,000 Macs around the world. That number was later raised to 600,000, with 274 bots were even found in Cupertino, Calif., ironically where Apple's headquarters are located.

57 percent of the infected Macs are located in the U.S. and 20 percent are in Canada.

Shop Today!
The most recent variant of the Mac Flashback trojan exploited an unpatched Java vulnerability within Mac OS X in Java 1.6.0_29. Since the variant emerged earlier, Apple patched the vulnerability in Java 1.6.0_31, which it released on Tuesday.

Security firm F-Secure has instructions on how to detect and delete the Flashback trojan from your system.

No comments: