'Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

Discussion in 'Apple' started by dragonbite, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

    Aug 30, 2008
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    I'm not saying its true, or it isn't but I thought this would be a good news piece to pass along and I remember hearing about the Java exploit that has been in the wild for a while now that covers all 3 major systems (Windows, OS X and Linux).

    Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'
    Over 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback Trojan
  2. richardc

    richardc Administrator
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    Aug 13, 2008
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    As mentioned in one of the quotes above, the Java patch is already available from Apple through Software Update on the Mac. Windows and Linux users should also make sure their Java is up to date.

    Although I don't run an antivirus program on my Mac, I do use and recommend Little Snitch ( http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html ) software firewall, which would detect any attempt by malware to connect to the Internet. This post by F-Secure ( http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader_osx_flashback_i.shtml ) indicates that the mere presence of Little Snitch or any of several antivirus programs on a Mac would prevent the malware from being installed in the first place. In other words, the malware would not bother to install itself on a system where it had a chance of being detected.

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