Apple fix Mac OS X Trojan Flashback with Java update

April 13, 2012

Over 600,000 Macs globally were reported last week by a leading security vendor to be infected with a Mac botnet. A couple of hundred of these infected Mac systems ironically were found to be based in Cupertino, California – I didn’t say Apple Inc here. So how does the Flashback infection work? The Mac system gets infected with a well known Trojan (botnet) called ‘Mac Flashback’. This Trojan requires users to visit infected websites and exploits specifically Java vulnerabilities. A user is redirected to a bogus website from a compromised resource or via a traffic distribution system. Specific JavaScript code on the website that contains the virus is then used to load a Java applet. Read more...


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