malware

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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New Mac Trojans discovered, exploits Word

New Mac Trojans discovered, exploits Word

The pristine image of Macs was shattered recently by the Flashback Trojan that had infected 650,000 machines and now researchers have discovered two other variants of the Trojan that could potentially infect even more Mac computers. One is a variant of the Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a, or simply SabPub, that also exploits a Java vulnerability, while the other attacks via Microsoft Word documents.

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New Apple Flashback removal for non-Java Lion Macs released

New Apple Flashback removal for non-Java Lion Macs released

Apple has already delivered one Flashback malware removal option for Mac users, and now the company has released a second clean-up tool for those who don't have Java installed on their systems. The new Flashback malware removal tool (DL1517) is intended for users of OS X 10.7 Lion who, for one reason or another, are avoiding Java altogether; like its predecessors, it scans for the most common variants of the malware and, if discovered, removes them.

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Apple Flashback malware removal in two easy steps

Apple Flashback malware removal in two easy steps

This week Apple has sent out an update to all Mac computers using OS X Lion that will instantly fix any and all common instances of the Flashback malware discovered this month. This update is extremely easy for you Lion users to download and install, as all you need is a couple of point and clicks to make it happen. This update goes by the name of Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 and will also bring you Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_31.

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Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Apple computers have recently been hit by the Mac Flashback trojan, the first attack on Macs that does not require any social engineering or phishing schemes. Kaspersky confirmed that the Flashback, or what it calls the Flashfake, botnet has infected 670,000 computers worldwide and the security firm is now releasing a free detection and removal tool.

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