News of the Flashback trojan flooded the pipes earlier this month with headlines about how Macs are “no longer safe,” and generally scaring the bejeezus out of Mac users everywhere. That perfect illusion of Apple, which has always been exalted by users for creating products practically immune to viruses, was suddenly shattered. And rightfully so, as the virus had affected 600,000 people, roughly 1% of Mac users.
Even more frightening was the breakout of a newer trojan the other day. Sabpab, also referred to as SabPub, is a still-active virus that is spread through Java vulnerability (much like Flashback) and Word documents -- an old school method of attack that most users don’t see coming.
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.
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.
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.
Intego, a company whose goal is to provide Mac users with full protection from all the dangers of the Internet, announced they have discovered a new Trojan horse, Flashback, which masquerades as a Flash Player installer.
This Trojan horse is in the wild, and has some disturbing actions.
For the second time in just over a week, a second virus has been found on the Mac. Trojan.osx.boonana.b is a variant of the malware that was discovered last week called Boonana. While SecureMac notes the malware appears similar to the Koobface virus that struck Windows in 2008, it is not the same. Rather, Boonana appears to be unique.
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.
We told you about the Boonana Trojan Mac virus that was discovered by SecureMac just yesterday. SecureMac has now completed its initial analysis of the virus and has new information about it, as well as a removal tool if you believe your Mac is infected.