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Flashback Malware grabbed hackers $10k a day

Flashback Malware grabbed hackers $10k a day

The folks responsible for the Apple-affected malware by the name of Flashback have had their activities analyzed today and it would appear that they're cashing in at $10,0000 a day. That's a lot of cash they're earning from an Apple hack that's spread across the web like a brush fire over the past few weeks. Apple has provided a fix for the malware already, but as there are quite a few people out there in the computing world that have no idea Flashback is affecting them right this second, the cash continues to flow. Where's that cash coming from, you might be asking?

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Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple has begun to encourage the developer masses to begin preparing for OS X Mountain Lion by working with new Developer IDs and Gatekeeper in advance of its ultimate final product. This program will allow users to gain greater trust in Apple-distributed software through the Mac App Store as each piece of software downloaded in the future will contain a Developer ID certificate. This Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify (like magic!) the app to make sure it's not any sort of known Malware so that the user can download without worry.

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Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple is a decade behind Microsoft in terms of Mac malware security, research firm Kaspersky has contentiously suggested, something it predicts the Cupertino firm will quickly realize in a fast-approaching storm of rogue software. "I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security" company CEO Eugene Kaspersky told Computer Business Review at a security event this week, predicting a torrent of malware is incoming for OS X and that Apple will have to pull its boots up in order to handle it.

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One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

A new study performed by security firm Sophos has found that one in five Macs is likely to carry some sort of Windows malware, but only one in 36 could be infected with malware specifically designed to target Mac OS X. The numbers come after Sophos collected data from around 100,000 Macs that have the Sophos anti-virus software installed.

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New Flashback variant plagues Mac world

New Flashback variant plagues Mac world

If you thought the fuss over the Flashback malware for Mac computers was behind us, apparently it's not. A new variant of the Mac malware has been making the rounds according to Intego. The new version of Flashback has been dubbed Flashback.S. The malware continues to take advantage of the Java vulnerability that Apple patched.

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Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Despite various tools released by antivirus companies and a fix released by Apple itself over a week ago, the number of computers infected with the Flashback Trojan is still high. According to Russian security firm Dr. Web, there were at least 566,000 Macs still infected late last week, which is considerably higher than the number reported by Symantec and Kaspersky Labs.

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FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

Previously, on The Internet: millions of computers across the globe were infected by malware called DNS Changer. The software targeted both PCs and Macs, and redirected users away from websites to ones that were deployed by cybercriminals. The new websites were filled with advertisements, with enough views and click throughs generating millions of dollars worth of revenue for the bad guys.

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Flashback Trojan infection down, but more Mac malware on the way

Flashback Trojan infection down, but more Mac malware on the way

The number of Macs infected by the Flashback, or Flashfake, Trojan has gone down since the initial estimate of 650,000, but more malware targeting Mac users are on their way, says security researchers at Kaspersky Labs, who recently identified other SabPub variants that can be used for targeted attacks of Mac users. It appears the myth that Macs are invincible to viruses has now officially been busted.

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Fake Instagram Android app infects system with malware

Fake Instagram Android app infects system with malware

Instagram has been getting a lot of buzz as of late thanks to the Facebook buyout. Why you would try to download it from anywhere other than the Play Store, we don’t know, but it turns out there is a malicious version of the app in the wild. Russian developers have released a fake version of Instagram that when installed will send SMSs in the background. The messages are sent to a premium number which helps generate revenue for the developers.

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