It was the week of Comic-Con and the week when Steam broke the internet by causing a stampede with their annual Summer Sale, and most of all it was another week with Apple and all the fun stuff you can do with your iOS device and your Macs. And it just my be that crazy summer heat, but we even allowed that Apple could learn a thing or two from rival Microsoft. Yeah, it was that kind of week.
We're guessing the deafening silence from the App Store today is a result of those corrupted updates that made headlines over the 4th of July holiday. If you've been relentlessly pressing the update button in iTunes only to keep seeing "there are no updates available for any of the apps in your iTunes library," it might be time to take a break and read up on what else is happening in the tech world -- including what Apple has to say on the subject. Here's what's making news for Thursday, July 5, 2012.
Have you installed Apple’s Java update last week, which squashes the Flashback Trojan malware? If so, you’re probably not alone -- but there are still plenty of you who may be infected, according to an update.
If you’ve downloaded Kaspersky Lab’s Flashfake Removal Tool this week, the company has found a bug that could cause other data to be removed as well. Meanwhile, Apple finally comes through with a fix of their own in a new Java update.
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.
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.
Remember MacDefender, the bogus anti-virus utility that Apple quickly squashed with a system update? As it turns out, that scam may have been part of a wider web of intrigue recently discovered at ChronoPay, a Russian e-commerce payment firm that appears to have been supported the malware scam.
Bet you never thought that this was going to happen: Intego has announced virus protection for your iOS device. The company will release the first malware scanner for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It'll scan email attachments and other files that can be downloaded to your device, as well as files at remote locations like MobileMe, Dropbox and even if your WebDav disks.
The VirusBarrier X6 scanning technology will detect viruses that plague both the Mac and Windows platforms, and it won't do so intrusively. Unlike many desktop virus suites, VirusBarrier iOS will only work "on-demand" -- so if you don't want it to scan something, it won't happen.