Apple out to kill widespread Macintosh virus

Macs have been relatively safe from the kind of viruses that plagued Windows users through the last couple decades. But once it was revealed that a variation of Flashback was able to create a botnet of more than half a million Macs thanks to an unpatched Java vulnerability users stood up and took notice. OS X has largely been free of viruses and worms up to this point, but that still doesn't stop unsuspecting users from being tricked into typing an admin password into a cleverly (or, sometimes, not-so-cleverly) disguised installer. It should be noted that Flashback originally required an admin password as well, but eventually shed that requirement. But the recent Flashback hubbub wasn't the first indication that malware could affect Mac users—not by a long shot. In fact, the first versions of the Flashback trojan itself appeared as early as September 2011, so the latest outbreak wasn't even the first we've heard of this particular malware. As Apple continues to increase its share of the P

Apple out to kill widespread Macintosh virus

Apple said it is crafting a weapon to vanquish a Flashback virus from Macintosh computers and working to disrupt the command network being used by hackers behind the infections.

Wed 11 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Hackers hitting Macs with virus: industry experts

The computer security industry buzzed Thursday with warnings that more than a half-million Macintosh computers may have been infected with a virus targeting Apple machines.

Thu 5 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Five OS X security threats that fizzled

Macs have been relatively safe from the kind of viruses that plagued Windows users through the last couple decades. But once it was revealed that a variation of Flashback was able to create ...

Sun 15 Apr 12 from Arstechnica

Flashback malware removal tool arrives for Java-less Mac users

Apple has released another Flashback malware removal tool—this time for OS X Lion users who do not have Java installed. At the moment, Apple doesn't offer a similar stand-alone tool for ...

Sat 14 Apr 12 from Arstechnica

Apple: Update will fix Mac 'Flashback' virus

Apple says a new software update provides tools to get rid of the so-called "Flashback" virus that has infected hundreds of thousands of Mac computers.

Fri 13 Apr 12 from CNN

Apple Releases Mac Flashback Trojan Removal Tool

Apple has now released a tool that removes the Flashback Trojan from infected Mac computers, according to a security update posted to Apple.com on Thursday. The malicious software, which some ...

Fri 13 Apr 12 from TechCrunch

Apple issues Trojan removal tool

Apple has released a fresh Java update, designed to remove the Flashback Trojan malware that exposed Macs to a botnet.

Fri 13 Apr 12 from BBC Technology

Apple updates Java for a third time, this time with Flashback malware removal

Hot on the heels of the antivirus firms targeting Flashback, Apple has released another Java update meant to identify and remove any infections of the malware. The company posted the update ...

Thu 12 Apr 12 from Arstechnica

Workarounds available as Apple works on cure

F-Secure and Kaspersky offer free detection and removal tools as Apple continues work on official cure for infected Macs

Thu 12 Apr 12 from USA today

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