Last week, word spread that up to 600,000 Mac computers could be afflicted by a recent trojan malware called Flashback after a Russian security firm pushed the panic button -- and now, Apple plans to address the situation themselves.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
On Thursday, we reported the potentially scary news about a Java-based Mac trojan that has infected upwards of 600,000 computers. Now Apple has released its second update to Java this week, but no one seems to know exactly what it does.
It was inevitable, really -- the increasing popularity of Apple mobile products has driven more and more PC users over to the Mac, and like that innocent little puppy you brought home from the pound, them dog’s got fleas… or in this case, a new Mac trojan known as Flashback.
Apple malware: it's everywhere you don't want it to be, like in your computer. Or your browser. Malware usually has something to do with Java and Java applet-based applications. This week's latest Apple malware scare is no different. Over the past few days, there have been numerous reports about the Flashback.K, a Mac trojan that exploits a critical Java vulnerability.
A trojan is a piece of malware that pretends to be a trusted piece of software to get you to click and install it. In this case, Flashback.K pretends to be an official Adobe Flash Player updater and then exploits a vulnerability in Java called CVE-2012-0507.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect yourself and your Mac from getting this piece of Java malware installed on your system. We'll show you how to stay safe from malware.
With the announcement of a potentially harmful virus floating about the internet this week, many Mac users have been weary of watching online videos via links to external sites, especially those on social networking websites like Facebook. However, this virus can be all but stopped by simply turning off Java code execution in your web browser of choice, according to SecureMac. That’s why we would like to show you how easy it can be to protect yourself from Java-based viruses originating from your web browser through applets.
Developers were up in arms on Thursday when Apple posted documentation indicating that Java won’t have a place in future versions of Mac OS X. One such developer pinged CEO Steve Jobs for a response on the matter.
Apple is ruffling the feathers of many developers with the Mac App Store. According to the leaked rules on submitting applications to the store for approval, Apple mentions that any apps using deprecated technologies will be rejected. Unfortunately, as Apple released the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 last night, they made the statement that Java is now deprecated on Mac OS X. This means Java developers will be unable to distribute their applications via the Mac App Store.
Once you get a certain reputation for knowing things about computers, it isn’t long before your grandpa or your Aunt Marge out in Skokie are calling up, wanting you to help them remotely. The phone rings constantly as relatives, older co-workers, maybe even that cute girl who lives two blocks over (you wish), call up. Here’s the thing, though: getting them to navigate where they need to go to gather information about their system can be a real chore. Not anymore.