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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Flashback’

Here’s Some Kid Talking About ‘The Facebook’ on CNBC in 2004

I dunno who this guy is, but he’s not very good at selling his product, which appears to be some “cyber-matchmaking” service called “The Facebook”. The fact that he has over 100,000 users and is looking to expand to hopefully 100 colleges soon is pretty impressive though. CNBC unearthed this interview with a very young Mark Zuckerberg, talking about a …

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The Latest Mac Virus Is Hilariously Bad

Mac users should become increasingly aware of the threat that malware poses to their machines. Hackers and malicious coders are getting better everyday at breaking into the once thought unbreakable Mac. The Flashback trojan was a sign that Macs are no longer safe from the threat of malware. The latest Mac virus to hit the streets isn’t one of those …

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Apple Backs Off On OS X Virus Immunity Claims

Two months ago we brought you news that hundreds of thousands of Mac computers were infected with the Flashback malware. While not the first malware to be specifically targeted at Macs, Flashback was somewhat unique in that it didn’t need to trick users into authorizing its installation. Instead, it exploited a flaw in Java to install on a user’s machine …

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Apple Updates OS X Leopard With Flashback Removal Tool

With the release of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard two years ago, the release of OS X 10.7 Lion last year, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion coming sometime later this summer, nobody thinks much anymore about older versions of the Mac operating system. For the most part, OS X 10.5 Leopard has been put out to pasture. Apparently, however, …

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Apple Hires Kapersky Labs To Test Mac Security

The Flashback malware threat that recently plagued Mac computers opened a lot of eyes to the fact that Apple’s computers may not be secure as their users have always believed. The Flashback malware attacked users’ Macs by means of a flaw in Java that allowed it to install on users’ computers without their knowledge. Apple ultimately dealt with the problem …

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Flashback Malware Infection Dropping By 100,000 Macs Per Week

Infection rates of the Flashback malware that was on over 650,000 Macs at the beginning of April have been in steep decline, according to the organization that discovered the malware in the first place. What’s more, thanks to the proliferation of detection and removal tools (including Apple’s), the rate of new infections has dropped almost to nothing. Still, Flashback is …

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Flashback Malware Netted Creators $10K Per Day

The Flashback malware that infected over 600,000 Macs at the beginning of April netted its creators somewhere around $10,000 per day, according to recent data. The Flashback variant was discovered at the beginning of April and was one of the most widespread outbreaks of malware ever to hit the Mac platform. The Flashback malware took advantage of an unpatched vulnerability …

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Kaspersky Claims Apple is a Decade Behind Microsoft in IT Security

With Microsoft recently reiterating security protocols concerning the infamous Conficker worm, online security firm Kaspersky Lab has just suggested that Apple OS is ten years behind Windows regarding the handling of internet threats. With Mac OS becoming more popular, Mac-based malware is also on the rise, and Apple has been dealing with new variations of Flashback that began affecting systems …

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One Of Every Five Macs Has Malware, Report Says

Malware on the Mac has been a hot topic in recent weeks, thanks to the discovery at the beginning of the month of a variant of the Flashback botnet that was able to install on users’ computers without their knowledge by using a Java exploit. Though a Java patch and a removal tool have been released and infection rates are …

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Flashback Malware Still Infects 140,000 Macs, Not Dead Yet

Tools to remove the Flashback malware variant that has been discovered on Mac computers this month have been effective, but the Flashback is not quite dead yet, according to a recent report. The malware, which originally infected upwards of 600,000 computers, has been eliminated from the majority of them. There are still, however, just over 140,000 Macs still infected around …

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Apple Releases Java Update To Remove Flashback

Earlier this week we brought you news that Apple was working on its own tool to detect and remove the recently discovered Flashback malware from the over 600,000 Macs that were infected. Today, Apple rolled out a new update to Java that should remove “the most common variants” of Flashback. It also prevents Java applets from running automatically, though users …

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Apple Preparing Its Own Flashback Removal Tool

Yesterday we told you about a pair of free software tools designed to help you detect and remove the Flashback botnet from your Mac. Now it looks like Apple is working on their own tool that will accomplish the same thing, though there are few details about the tool as yet. According to a page on Apple’s website that went …

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