The nightmare scenario for Mac owners is here. At least 600,000 Macs worldwide have been infected, silently, by the Flashback virus.
What makes this outbreak especially chilling is that the owners of infected Macs didn’t have to fall for social engineering, give away their administrative password, or do something stupid.
All they had to do was visit a web page using a Mac that had a current version of Java installed.
Macs are not immune. For years Apple owners have been told that Macs don’t get viruses, but we know that’s not true.
And Apple’s casual approach to security updates makes them arguably more vulnerable to this sort of attack than other platforms.