Apple out to kill Flashback Macintosh Virus

Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback Malware.


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Flashback Trojan malware tailored to slip past “Mac” defenses is a variation on viruses typically aimed at personal computers (PCs) powered by Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. The infections, spotted “in the wild” by Finland-based computer security firm F-Secure and then quantified by Russian anti-virus program vendor Dr. Web, came as hackers increasingly take aim at Apple computers.

Dr. Web determined that more than 600,000 Mac computers may be infected with Flashback, which is designed to let hackers steal potentially valuable information such as passwords or financial account numbers.

Hackers trick Mac users into downloading the virus by disguising it as an update to Adobe Flash video viewing software.

The virus took advantage of a weakness in Java programs, according to Apple.

Computer security specialists warned that more than a half-million Macintosh computers may have been infected with a virus targeting Apple machines.


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