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Rise in OS X-targeted malware as Flashback infects 600,000 Macs
Windows malware has, at least in recent years, been on the rise. But, due to the popularity of the rival Apple Mac platform and a steady albeit modest increase in desktop market share, malware writers and hackers are increasingly turning away from Windows to attack the Mac platform.
The Flashback Trojan was the latest malware to hit Apple Mac machines running OS X. It ultimately led to Apple removing the "virus-free" slogan from its Web site and marketing strategy after the highly publicized malware attack. More than 600,000 Macs were infected by unknowingly installing the Adobe Flash-lookalike software. Apple acted slowly to the mass infection, but eventually dished out an update that would patch Mac machines.
NASA lands Curiosity on Mars; alien life yet to appear
For years, we have wanted to see what was going on, on planet Mars. We finally -- after years of failed attempts to land a craft on the red planet -- landed the Curiosity land rover on the dusty world. The craft 'tweeted' from the planet's surface with an unfortunate innuendo, but soon got to work.
In just a matter of days, the remote-controlled robot was analyzing soil samples to determine whether or not there was in fact life on Mars (cue: Bowie). Mystery still surrounds what the Curiosity may (or may not) have found -- rumors began to swirl after NASA said it had a surprise in store, but then hedged and dumbed down any discovery "for the history books. "
2012 gets nostalgic: Animated GIFs and Tesla museums
2012 has been a strangely nostalgic time for many on the Web. Earlier this year, Oatmeal comic founder Matthew Inman set about raising money to create a museum to document the life of Nikola Tesla, the famous electricity engineer and inventor.
Within days, the funds came rolling in -- all to remember a man that many had never heard of, though had all used technologies that were powered by his insight and inventions.
And, to add a little more nostalgia to the mix, animated GIFs have made a comeback, thanks to sites like Reddit and Imgur spurring the use. Like it was 1996, these short, looping, low quality images have no sound, and there's no need to wait for the content to buffer, and you don't need a browser plug-in to see it.