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04-09-2012, 06:05 PM #1
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Massive Flashback Virus For Mac Users
Dr. Web recently reported a virus which was estimated to hit around over a half a million people last week. Others questioned the Russian malware analysts behind this particular antivirus but it soon was found out to be true by Malware experts behind Kaspersky.

Quote:The Flashback virus first surfaced in 2011 disguised as an Adobe Flash Player installer. It now attacks Java software.

Quote:The legend of the virus-free Mac operating system has been proven untrue, according to a Russian web security company that claims 555,000 computers running Mac OS X have been affected by malware.

Dr. Web says its research suggests the Flashback Trojan is particularly strong in Canada and the United States, implying it seems to be targeting English-speaking users.

The virus first surfaced in its current form in February, with Apple only releasing a security update in response on Tuesday, the Russian firm said.

The virus is spread when computer users are tricked into visiting a compromised website, which then loads a malicious file onto the user's computer.

The Trojan then sends a message to the intruder's server, enabling the computer to be controlled remotely.

The Russian security company said Thursday that as many as four million web pages contained links to the compromised pages at the end of March.

Some Apple users had also reported being infected by the malware after visiting dlink.com, but this was not confirmed by Dr. Web.

Of the computers found to contain the Trojan, 56.6 per cent were in the United States, 19.8 per cent were in Canada, 12.8 per cent were in the United Kingdom and 6.1 per cent were in Australia.

The virus has gained a significant amount of attention due to Apple's reputation for being impenetrable to virus attacks, a claim that was underlined in Mac commercials that poked fun at PCs' vulnerability.

Mac users are encouraged to install the latest software update, which protects against the Trojan. This can be done by selecting "Software update" in the computer's system preferences panel.

Sites to be cautious of:
-godofwar3.rr.nu
-ironmanvideo.rr.nu
-killaoftime.rr.nu
-gangstasparadise.rr.nu
-mystreamvideo.rr.nu
-bestustreamtv.rr.nu
-ustreambesttv.rr.nu
-ustreamtvonline.rr.nu
-ustream-tv.rr.nu, and
-ustream.rr.nu.

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http://www.krdo.com/news/30862161/detail.html
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/C...algaryHome
http://live.drjays.com/index.php/2012/04...acks-macs/


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04-09-2012, 06:23 PM #2
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RE: Massive Flashback Virus For Mac Users
Confused Macs can get viruses!?!? (Jk btw... before I get the whole forum responding to this in shock).

What will Mac Fan-boys do now??

04-09-2012, 06:26 PM #3
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RE: Massive Flashback Virus For Mac Users
Wow, so it's a brand new RAT for MacOSX? That's crazy. It's about time they locate one of the very many Mac viruses out there. People think Mac is virus free, but in fact, there's just not enough studies gone into it to prove that there are viruses for Mac. I know one of my friends was thinking about creating one for Mac. (he codes malware, I no longer socialize with him)
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04-09-2012, 06:29 PM #4
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RE: Massive Flashback Virus For Mac Users
This makes me happy.


Not that users get infected, mind you. But that attention has finally been brought to Mac malware :)


04-09-2012, 07:40 PM #5
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RE: Massive Flashback Virus For Mac Users
I knew it existed long ago, but finally something out in the public to say that I was right lol. Mac is fairly popular, so why wouldn't people target it, and with others thinking they are superman when on a Mac and can't get a virus think again :)

If Linux ever became popular enough, the same thing would happen with it. I'm sure viruses exist for Linux, but the amount of interest in creating one to infect the small percentage that use Linux at this point in time is too small for it to become a big problem.


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