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Up To 600’000 Macs Are Infected With Flashback Trojan

It has been widely believed by many that Macs are more secure than Windows PCs and are less likely to become infected by a virus. It is more accurately believed by fewer people that it is purely a matter of numbers, and virus writers target Windows PCs because there are so many more of them.

There have been more and more instances of a virus being found on a Mac, and now according to Ivan Sorokin, a malware analyst at Dr. Web a botnet named ‘Flashback’ is infecting over 600’000 Macs, of which 247 are reportedly in Cupertino – presumably a reference to Apple headquarters.

flashback botnet infecting voer 600k macs claims ivan sorokin

The Flashback trojan first surfaced around October 2011 and the most recent version, which can become installed if you visit a compromised or malicious webpage, exploits a Java vulnerability which has been subsequently patched by Oracle.

If you’re running a Mac and haven’t applied the patch, go grab it now, and if you think your machine may be infected, F-Secure has instructions on how to use the Terminal to find out.

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