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Apple Responds to Flashback Malware
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:04 AM EST
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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