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ViN86 04-05-12 11:20 AM

More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-574.../?tag=mncol;1n

Quote:

More than half a million Macs are infected with the Flashback Trojan, a malware package designed to steal personal information, according to a Russian antivirus company.

The company -- Dr. Web -- originally reported today that 550,000 Macintosh computers were infected by the growing Mac botnet. But later in the day, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan announced on Twitter that the number of Macs infected with Flashback had increased to 600,000, with 274 of those based in Cupertino, Calif.

More than half of the Macs infected are in the United States (57 percent), while another 20 percent are in Canada, Dr. Web said.

The malware was initially found in September 2011 masquerading as a fake Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer, but in the past few months it has evolved to exploiting Java vulnerabilities to target Mac systems. A new variant that surfaced over the weekend appears to be taking advantage of Java vulnerability for which Apple released a patch yesterday.

As CNET blogger Topher Kessler explains, simply visiting a malicious Web site containing Flashback on an OS X system with Java installed will result in one of two installation routes. The malware will request an administrator password, and if one is supplied, it will install its package of code into the Applications folder. If a password is not offered, the malware will install to the user accounts where it can run in a more global manner.

Once installed, the Flashback will inject code into Web browsers and other applications like Skype to harvest passwords and other information from those program's users.

Security company F-Secure has published instructions on how to determine whether a Mac is infected with Flashback.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. to correct that a patch is available.
How to tell if you're infected:

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/troj...shback_i.shtml

Update available for Java vulnerability too.

Rakeesh 04-06-12 01:57 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by ViN86 (Post 2542918)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-574.../?tag=mncol;1n



How to tell if you're infected:

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/troj...shback_i.shtml

Update available for Java vulnerability too.

Damn that means like every mac in the US is infected.

Johnny C 04-06-12 05:13 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by Rakeesh (Post 2543065)
Damn that means like every mac in the US is infected.

Yep

Shamrock 04-06-12 09:23 PM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
Oh no you di'n juss talk about Apple like that! six storm will be in yo face like, worms in an apple.

six_storm 04-09-12 07:09 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
http://threadbombing.com/data/media/68/csb1.jpg

Redeemed 04-09-12 09:12 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by six_storm (Post 2543824)

What's amatter six? :rofl

six_storm 04-09-12 10:15 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by Redeemed (Post 2543886)
What's amatter six? :rofl

Wait a minute . . . I didn't post that. Maybe "tH3 v1RuS" did it!

MY MAC IS INFECTED OMGWTFBBQHELPMEVINANDRAKEESH!!!111elevenoneone :headexplode:

(nah just poking fun at the Mac haters)

http://threadbombing.com/data/media/71/haters_2.jpg

Redeemed 04-09-12 10:18 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
Well with all the prior talk of Mac OS being superior security was, and impossible to infect they've kinda' brought this on themselves. I work with a young guy that, is very knowledgeable only he's bought into the BS of Macs not being able to catch a virus. I hate talking to him because he's so patently biased in favor of Macs. It's rather irritating. :lol:

six_storm 04-09-12 10:46 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Redeemed (Post 2543910)
Well with all the prior talk of Mac OS being superior security was, and impossible to infect they've kinda' brought this on themselves. I work with a young guy that, is very knowledgeable only he's bought into the BS of Macs not being able to catch a virus. I hate talking to him because he's so patently biased in favor of Macs. It's rather irritating. :lol:

Any OS can get a virus, but let's just call a duck a duck. Windows is the more popular OS out of them all and therefore it's a larger target. To hear a Mac getting a virus on NVNews is just loserbait/haterbait. Glad some people feel "accomplished" around here lol. And yes, I said haterbait. I'm so going to patent it. :bleh:

HATERBAIT!

ViN86 04-09-12 10:52 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by six_storm (Post 2543937)
Any OS can get a virus, but let's just call a duck a duck. Windows is the more popular OS out of them all and therefore it's a larger target. To hear a Mac getting a virus on NVNews is just loserbait/haterbait. Glad some people feel "accomplished" around here lol. And yes, I said haterbait. I'm so going to patent it. :bleh:

HATERBAIT!

My post was informative, with a link on how to tell if you're infected, and it states that there is already an update. You don't have to rush to Apple's defense every two seconds. They **** up like MS does. All companies do.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque....1277406949.jpg

six_storm 04-09-12 10:59 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by ViN86 (Post 2543943)
My post was informative, with a link on how to tell if you're infected, and it states that there is already an update. You don't have to rush to Apple's defense every two seconds. They **** up like MS does. All companies do.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque....1277406949.jpg

:rofl

Thanks Vin, your post was informative.

I still like making some fun around here. :D

ViN86 04-09-12 11:18 AM

Re: More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
 
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Originally Posted by six_storm (Post 2543948)
:rofl

Thanks Vin, your post was informative.

I still like making some fun around here. :D

"Deal with it" dog brings understanding to any situation. :wonder:


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