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Apple is working on its own Flashback malware removal tool

Apple is working on its own Flashback malware removal tool

For a long time hackers and nefarious sorts left Mac computers alone for the most part when it came to malware and viruses. It was easier to aim for Windows since the majority of people used it. With the increasing popularity of Mac computers, more and more viruses and malware have been discovered aimed at the Apple machines. The latest malware search affecting Mac users is the Flashback malware.

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Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

A second antivirus company has confirmed the extent of the Flashback malware infestation of Macs, supporting the claims made last week by Russian firm Dr. Web, which estimated more than 600,000 systems being compromised by the growing botnet. Dr. Web offered a free tool for Mac users to check their systems and found that of those who did, nearly 2% were infected. For perspective, the massive Conficker attack on PCs back in 2008 infected 4% to 5% of Windows systems during its peak.

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Apple makes second attempt at Trojan Java block

Apple makes second attempt at Trojan Java block

Apple has released a second Java update as it attempts to block the Flashback trojan threatening Mac users. The second version, spotted by security firm Intego, is listed as "Java for OS X 2012-002" - its predecessor, pushed out earlier this week, was 2012-001 - and is only for OS X Lion 10.7 machines, rather than for Snow Leopard and Lion as before.

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Microsoft versus the botnet Gods

Microsoft versus the botnet Gods

Microsoft launched a surprise raid on botnet operators late last week, it's been revealed, though experts suggest the strike against Zeus may deliver only very short-term gains. The company seized servers, domain names and other evidence from two offices in Pennsylvania and Illinois on Friday, March 23, the NYTimes reports, challenging those who harvest credit card and other personal data from unwitting internet users - as well as potentially turning their PCs into DDOS weapons - rather than waiting for federal agencies to get into gear.

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Developers cautiously convinced by Apple Gatekeeper

Developers cautiously convinced by Apple Gatekeeper

Apple began its Mountain Lion Gatekeeper charm-offensive with developers last week, it's been revealed, though there remain concerns around whether non-Mac App Store apps will get the same advantages as those released through the official download store. Developers Panic have documented Apple's outreach efforts, co-founder Cabel Sasser having been invited to a preview session with Mountain Lion earlier in February, where the Cupertino company was keen to reassure him that it has no plans to make the Mac App Store the only way to get apps in OS X.

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Google outlines Bouncer service for Android malware, touts lack thereof

Google outlines Bouncer service for Android malware, touts lack thereof

Recent incidents in which the Android Market has been accused of hosting massive malware outbreaks have been responded to by Google today with a brand new system code-named Bouncer. With this new system, a completely non-invasive and potentially developer effort-free system will continue to build on Android's security system blocking out all malicious software, especially here and now in the Android Market. This comes at a time when security group Symantec has changed their tune after a week of screaming about malware that the object they found wasn't malicious at all in the first place.

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Symantec changes their mind on Android malware

Symantec changes their mind on Android malware

Not one week after the security group known as Symantec announced that they'd discovered the largest malware attack in the history of Android planted firmly in the guts of the official market, they've announced that there is no such infection. In fact, the malware the group said it'd found, Android.Counterclank, is actually just an overly-aggressive adware code. This is in accordance with a report put out by rival security group Lookout whom has essentially "told them so" late last month - always double check!

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Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

There's a whole lot of malware going down right now in the Android Marketplace, and aside from scaring the bajeesus out of new Android users everywhere, the situation has highlighted a basic mis-step on the part of both consumers and Google. What Google has fallen under fire for many more times than here and now is that their Android Market has next to no curation process for apps, this allowing the possibility for malicious apps to be dropped and run rampant as they are today. As far as consumers go, there's a fantastically large amount of people out there who have no idea what they're doing.

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