Just fewer than 10 percent of websites serve some sort of malicious purpose, with an additional nine percent of sites being characterized as “suspicious” by Zscaler in a new research report.
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Many Mac users recently have found themselves stumbling out of the darkness, shielding their eyes from the spotlight that attackers and malware writers are now shining on them. Malware having been a rarity on OS X, it’s taking some time to adjust, but while that’s happening the attackers are busy honing their game. Microsoft researchers have analyzed a new piece of malware that’s targeting Macs running Snow Leopard and found that the malware uses a multi-stage attack that’s similar to typical Windows malware infection routines.
Unprotected users visiting a page hosting the much-discussed Flashback Trojan could be earning some serious cash for the malware’s creators, according to new research from Symantec.
Anti malware company Symantec released its threat report for 2011 on Monday. Buried in the dry statistics about the number of Web based attacks and malicious programs detected during the year are some surprising facts. Among them: religious-themed Web sites are among the dirtiest on the Internet.
The latest version of the Flashback malware that’s infecting Macs has a new command-and-control infrastructure that used Twitter as a fallback mechanism in case the normal C&C system isn’t available. This is not the first time a botnet has used Twitter for some form of command and control, but it’s a good example of the ways in which attackers are always adapting to defenders’ actions and changing their tactics.
VIEW SLIDESHOW Mac Malware through the YearsWith the recent glut of high profile Mac-based malware like MacDefender and Flashback, it’s easy to forget that Macintosh computers (and Mac malware) have been kicking around for more than thirty years – longer, even, than Windows malware. In fact, the first documented Mac virus actually predated some of the first PC viruses by a good four years.
Symantec has discovered a new form of Java malware that infects both Apple and Windows machines, according to research posted on the company’s Security Response blog.
BOSTON–Accountability, not superior technology, has kept Apple’s iOS ecosystem free of viruses, even as the competing Android platform strains under the weight of repeated malicious code outbreaks, say researchers Dan Guido of the firm Trail of Bits and Michael Arpaia of iSEC Partners.
Kaspersky Lab‘s latest analysis of the Mac OS X Flashback botnet reveals that the botnet’s malware was spread via drive-by downloads on hacked WordPress web sites.
The number of Macs infected with the Flashback malware continue to decline but it’s not entirely clear to what degree. Initial numbers estimated that there were about 600,000 infected computers in total yet those numbers dropped last week to 237,000 and now, according to research by Symantec published last night, remained around the 140,000 mark this week.