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Apple Responds to Flashback Malware

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Apple Responds to Flashback Malware Reply with quote

Apple Responds to Flashback Malware
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Posted by: Staff

Apple published a new support document this evening regarding the Flashback malware. In this document, they remind Snow Leopard and Lion users to install the latest Java updates in Software Update to prevent infection. Apple also states that they are currently working on software tool that will detect and remove the Flashback malware from infected Macs. And, that they are working with ISPs to disable servers that send commands to the malware.

A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs.

Apple released a Java update on April 3, 2012 that fixes the Java security flaw for systems running OS X v10.7 and Mac OS X v10.6. By default, your Mac automatically checks for software updates every week, but you can change that setting in Software Update preferences. You can also run Software Update at any time to manually check for the latest updates.

Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware.

In addition to the Java vulnerability, the Flashback malware relies on computer servers hosted by the malware authors to perform many of its critical functions. Apple is working with ISPs worldwide to disable this command and control network.




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Holy Cow!!!!!

I am so Glad i am not on 10.7
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate their efforts, but the response has been rather slow. Don't you think?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i find this kinda funny they found the hole in 10.6 10.7 but surprisingly not in 10.8 well i'm safe then
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI: You can use Cocktail to get rid of the malware. Kaspersky Lab also has a free removal tool and website.

http://maintain.se/cocktail

http://flashbackcheck.com/
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