In a pair of candid blog posts, a member of Oxford's network security staff says the Flashback malware episode is the worst they've seen since the Blaster worm of 2003. And Apple is "making minimal effort" and "putting customers at risk."
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The Flashback Trojan assault on 650,000 Macs should make the Apple world sit up and start taking security seriously, says Rik Ferguson
A pair of high-profile malware attacks have given Apple a crash course in security response. Based on recent actions, 70 million current Mac owners have a right to expect much more from Apple than they’re getting today.
Hackers have targeted Apple users with a fresh Mac OS X Trojan, weeks after Apple released two OS X updates to combat the Flashback Trojan.The SabPub Trojan is being controlled from a website hosted in Fremont, California, security company Kaspersky said in a blog post on Saturday.
At least 600,000 Macs were infected by the Flashback Trojan. Did Apple fail to protect its users? Or were users defeated by their own misguided fantasies of invulnerability?
In its ongoing battle against the widespread Flashback malware attack, Apple has released a standalone removal tool. The utility is available only for users of the most recent version of OS X who have chosen not to install Java.
Apple releases patch Thursday to curb Flashback malware, but one analyst says platform likely to come under "deep scrutiny" by cybercriminals and this could lead to more attacks in future.
Apple today released an update to its Java component that removes known versions of the Flashback malware. In a separate study, Symantec reported that it counted only 270,000 infected Macs, down from a high of 600,000 last week.
If Apple doesn't act swiftly and decisively on Flashback its squeakily clean image as the malware-free computer platform will quickly become tarnished.
Apple is developing a tool to detect and remove the Flashback Trojan that has infected over 600,000 Macs. In the meantime, here are some alternatives for both detecting and removing the malware.
Most modern Macs have Java installed, so they could be vulnerable to the Flashback. While Apple posted a security fix for Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, there are many millions of Macs running older software. Still there's an easy way to prevent a Java drive-by attack, besides pulling the plug.
The Flashback Trojan botnet reportedly controls over 600,000 Macs. Thankfully, Apple yesterday released a patch for Java, which the Trojan exploits, so make sure you install it.
Apple has released patches for OS X to tackle a threat posed by the Flashback malware, which uses Java to infect computers
Apple has quietly released Java patches for OS X after users were left vulnerable to Flashback malware that had security experts so worried they recommended ditching Java.