Apple, which usually doesn’t get involved much in security issues outside of issuing patches when needed, said it is working with internet service providers around the world to disable the Flashback botnet’s command and control servers.
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By Tim ArmstrongI really like the new app by OMGPOP called Draw Something. I play this game with my friends possibly a little too much. Draw Something has attracted more than 50 million downloads, and was just acquired by Zynga for $200 million dollars. It was surprising the other day when I noticed an advertisement at the bottom of the screen for a battery optimizer app. In fact, it even told me two upgrades were available!
Apple is planning to release a software fix that will find and remove the Flashback malware that has been haunting Mac users for several months now. The latest version of Flashback has built a botnet that at times has included more than 600,000 infected machines.
Dennis Fisher talks with Ryan Naraine and Costin Raiu about the Flashback Mac botnet, why Apple is reluctant to let third parties update software on Macs and the future outlook for the security of Macs.
Mac malware is still enough of an oddity that the existence of a single botnet made up of Macs has prompted a huge amount of publicity and finger-pointing in the general direction of Apple. The furor over the Flashback malware seems to be receding a bit, and researchers say that the number of unique bots connecting to a sinkhole server dropped significantly over the weekend. But that doesn’t mean that the threat is over.
By Roel SchouwenbergFor a few days now I’ve been asking myself the following question: Which is more important: The fact we had a 500k-strong OSX botnet fly under the radar or the culprit that enabled the malware to infect so many machines? Every time the answer is clear – Java has become an absolute focal point in the cyber threat landscape. It plays a major role in attacks against every major platform, including mobile.
Kaspersky Lab researchers say that analysis of the Flashfake botnet confirms the size of the malicious network and that it consists mostly of Mac OS X machines.
The botnet assembled by the Flashback Trojan that’s been infecting Macs in recent months is turning out to be a rather difficult one to pin down. Researchers have said that the network of compromised machines may be upwards of 600,000, while newere estimates say that it’s more likely in the 500,000-Mac range. And now some researchers are questioning whether the entire botnet is made up of Macs or whether there are some Windows machines in the mix as well.
The Flashback Trojan that has been infecting Mac OSX machines of late appears to have become the most successful piece of Mac-based malware in the short history of such things. Researchers say that there have been upwards of 500,000 Macs infected by the malware, and that number may still rise despite the fact that Apple has now released a patch for the Java flaw that the Trojan exploits.
Welcome to the age of targeted attacks, Mac users. Perhaps having grown tired of owning Windows machines around the world for the last few years, attackers in China now have taken up the challenge of going after Macs with the same kind of targeted attack tactics that have served them so well in the Windows world.