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Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

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Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

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More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.
Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet"

Might wipe the smug smile of some faces
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"More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm."

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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

The Apple fix was issued 8 weeks after Oracle issued their own fix for us lesser mortals
How about a few links so we can judge for ourselves
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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

Mac users -- choose Software Update from the Apple menu on your Mac to get the Java update.
http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/
-- new update was released today, btw.
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First released on the 3rd, updated today
3rd April

6th April


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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

Apple info ... Issued on the 3rd, todays info not available yet
About the security content of Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5228?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

I notice you haven't given any links as I requested
Oh and do you think you could reduce your images before posting them - the size is really annoying
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The Apple fix was issued 8 weeks after Oracle issued their own fix for us lesser mortals
How about a few links so we can judge for ourselves

As you can see, Apple is very good at issuing security updates, automatically downloaded, or manually if you prefer.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
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I notice you haven't given any links as I requested
Oh and do you think you could reduce your images before posting them - the size is really annoying

Pics reduced to 640 x 480
(They didn't look too big in my browser window on my 27" iMac !)
I needed time, and food, to find the links again !
I had scrolled past having read your post ( #2) before you added the request for links...
My email notification of new posts takes me directly to the new post, bypassing your original one.
I only noticed your request for links when I re-read the thread from the top.

http://forums.macnn.com/90/mac-os-x/462230/cyber-attack-infects-550-000-apples/#post4160530
http://www.maclife.com/article/news/600000_mac_users_afflicted_flashback_trojan_are_you_one_them
http://www.macworld.com/article/1166227/analyst_600_000_macs_infected_with_trojan_horse.html
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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

so none of those gives any evidence that the claim is false.
Dr Web got the number via this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/05/flashback_trojan_botnet/
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This is according to Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web, which arrived at the figure after it successfully managed to sinkhole one of the command-and-control servers used to control Mac machines hit by the latest attack. The legions of compromised zombies were mostly located in the US (56.6 per cent, or 303,449 infected hosts), Canada (19.8 per cent, or 106,379 infected computers) and the UK (12.8 per cent or 68,577 cases of infection).
Thanks for reducing them for us poor users who only have 22" monitors with 1680x1050 resolution
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http://www.macworld.com/article/1166227/analyst_600_000_macs_infected_with_trojan_horse.html
From one person who knows .....
"I know around 100 people personally or through social sites, I run six companies that use Macs, and I have not found a single infected computer.
I own a Mac software company, so feel free to post an article saying that this analyst has found no evidence that any Macs in the wild have been infected."

In one of the links, it states that Dr. Web gives a projected number, not an actual number of "infected macs"
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Re: Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

and that is evidence - I don't think so - and company Macs are almost certainly locked down with Java blocked from installing
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You would be surprised how many mac apps use Java to run !
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How To Check If Your Mac is Infected
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