Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Apple working on Flashback malware removal tool

Apple announced today it is working on a tool to detect and remove the Flashback malware currently infecting hundreds of thousands of Mac around the world.

"In addition to the Java vulnerability, the Flashback malware relies on computer servers hosted by the malware authors to perform many of its critical functions," Apple wrote on its Web site. "Apple is working with ISPs worldwide to disable this command and control network."

Apple did not indicate when it expected the tool to be released to the public.

The malware made headlines last week when a Russian antivirus company revealed that more than 600,000 Macs were infected with the malware, which is designed to steal personal information. The malware was initially found in September 2011 masquerading as a fake Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer, but in the past few months it has evolved to exploiting Java vulnerabilities to target Mac systems.

Apple issued an update earlier this month for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 that brings Java up-to-date and patches these vulnerabilities.

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Source From CNET

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