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600,000 Macs Suffered from Botnet

600,000 Macs Suffered from Botnet

Added: Thursday, April 12th, 2012
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Apple users are expected to be suffering a crisis of faith: it recently turned out the company’s faith-based security system failed to prevent more than 600,000 Macs throughout the world from being attacked by the Flashback Trojan.


The malware in question is meant to steal personal data from those hapless Mac users who have been doing nothing to protect their system except for twiddling their thumbs. Indeed, plenty of people are satisfied with the impenetrable fortress of security that Apple’s computers are, for some reason, perceived to be. Flashback Trojan worms its way onto OS X devices and demands administrator passwords. In case a user hands it over, the virus will install itself into the computer and comb for personal information.

Dr. Web, one of the major Russian antivirus companies, first reported that over 550,000 Mac machines across the world had already been compromised by the creeping botnet. In a while, one of CNET’s analysts reported that the figure was more likely to be over 600,000, which included 274 bots found in Apple’s stamping ground, Cupertino.

The Flashback botnet originally disguised itself as a Flash plug-in. However, new versions have been popping up since, because the botnet started exploiting a range of Java vulnerabilities to target Mac machines.

Today Apple has released a patch which is meant to squash the vulnerability. However, it’s only up to Apple users whether they will rush to protect their computers or not. Last week, Sophos’ Graham Cluley urged computer users to be vigilant, pointing at the fact that there had been a whole flood of Mac malware activity against Apple users a year ago, with a steady stream since.

Security experts warn all Mac users to pay attention to protection of their machines and encourage them to consider that a lot of hacker attacks aren’t specifically technical, but instead rely on social engineering and human folly.

Apple customers would be "foolhardy" not to protect their devices with anti-virus software, which should also be kept updated. According to security experts, not many users are concerned over this problem, though there are free Mac anti-virus options available out there. Even when users really have nothing to lose, they still fail to spend couple minutes to consider the security issues.

April 12th,2012

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Date:  Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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posted by Blocked (2012-04-12 18:12:43)
No avatarflashback botnet is the first good news for those anti-virus programs providers. will see more and more virus targeting apple pc. i strongly doubt such viruses are actually bi-products from the same anti-virus programming companies.
no virus, no market. this is the basic 'chicken or egg' thesis. it's burden when becoming popular. windows first, now apple.

posted by (2012-04-13 00:17:33)
No avatarAlthough there is a need for an indepth, critical analyses of threats for any computer system, sadly such efforts should be written in an entirely objective sense, and not from the premise of any author having had Wintel hard wired and imprinted onto their souls through playing games from an early age. Granted, Wintel have always offered a good games playing platform, despite offering no platform for serious computer usage.

posted by (2012-04-13 04:26:28)
kingtiger01 avatar@Eowyn, please dont refer to "IBM Based X86/AMD64" based PC's as "WinTel"... Windows and Intel have nothing to do with PC Architecture(Unix deravatives exist, which is what MAC is) more importantly, Modern Mac's use X86-64 Intel Processors, not the IBM PPC's of there past.


Honestly, its a good and a bad thing. I feel bad for the users affected, but finally something to shoot those darn Fanboys in the foot...

Linux, Unix, BSD, Windows and EVEN OSX/Mac, can ALL be affected by a virus/malware. All you have to do, is build it for the architecture and platform youre targeting...
The point is, untill Recent history, Microsoft held the majority of the marketshare. But thats of days past it seems...

Linux has had open-source Antiviruses for years(Clam for Ex.), Mac has had none... Remember its a BSD based machine, at its core its still Unix. Youre paying for the same thing others get for free, but the reason you did is because you were Hypnotised by advertising and a Sleek design.

posted by (2012-04-13 04:51:41)
DEMONLORD avatarhad to happen sooner or later

posted by (2012-04-13 14:20:26)
giraffe avatarTrojans like these are a disgrace on any platform.

@kingtiger01 Why do you feel the need to lecture Eowyn about Wintel, when he never referred to IBM, AMD or MAC?

I am insulted by your post and you should apologize. I have not been "Hypnotised by advertising and a Sleek design" I made an intelligent decision when I chose my computer just like I am sure that you did when you chose your couch, tv, car, and many other products you own that look good but according to your posts I am not allowed to have a nice looking computer. Apple makes a well built easy to use computer just like my car is a well built easy to drive machine. While I'm no apple fanboy, I hate the they know best attitude and there are many other things I don't like about the company- you have made it clear that you are an antiapple fanboy and have made up facts to suit your you know best attitude. I have never read you bitching about either of the companies in your icon so maybe you should have a good look at yourself in the mirror.

BTW Clamx is an open source antivirus for... osx

posted by Blocked (2012-04-13 20:09:11)
No avatarwho cares its only Apple lol we knew it where only a matter of time lol a bit to late imo lol

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