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Dr.Web CureIt! — download free anti-virus!

Dr.Web CureIt! — download free anti-virus! | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Dr.Web Light Scanner for Mac OS X


Dr.Web Light for Mac OS X is a reliable way to protect your Mac from a variety of threats.

 

The scanner is based on the latest virus detection and removal technologies. You can use it to scan your system whenever you like.

 

The scanner virus databases are automatically updated with signatures of actual threats on a regular basis.

 

To make protection against unknown viruses even stronger, a heuristic analyzer is implemented.

 

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F-secure releases free Flashback removal script for OS X

F-secure releases free Flashback removal script for OS X | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The new free tool adds to the growing community effort to help affected Mac users remove the malware from their systems. Read this blog post by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt.

 

This new tool by F-Secure is another advancement by the Mac community against this threat that accompanies not only manual instructions and help from community members, but also swiftly updated definitions for Sophos, ClamXav, VirusBarrier, and other malware scanners for detecting the malware.

 

On Apple's end, even though the extent of this infection stemmed largely from Apple's delay in issuing a patch for known Java vulnerabilities, the company finally released the patch and has further announced its own Flashback removal tool is in the works.


It's hope that these, and the continuing efforts by the Apple community, will reduce the prevalence of this infection to a minimum.

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Check Your Mac for Malware

Check Your Mac for Malware | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Nobody is safe, but you can stop the spread before it overtakes your precious.

 

Mac fans recently got a little taste of what it's like to be a Windows user. That's right, a virus targeting Mac OS X is making the rounds. The latest stats from security companies tracking the virus put the number of infected Macs at well over half a million. That's nowhere near the level of some Windows viruses, but it's widespread enough to be a concern for Mac users.


The virus is known as Flashback and it can hijack your Mac without so much as an administrative password. It manages to pull off its attack by exploiting a vulnerability in Java. Oracle, which makes Java, quickly issued a fix for the problem back in February. Unfortunately, because Apple ships its own version of Java (and therefore must provide its own patches), Mac users had to wait on Apple's fix, which didn't arrive until last week.


===> The slow fix from Apple gave Flashback time to propagate and led to well over half a million infected machines — one of which could be yours. <===

 

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What's the Worst the Mac Flashback Trojan Could Do?

What's the Worst the Mac Flashback Trojan Could Do? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A look at what the Mac Flashback Trojan could do to infected computers.

 

So what is the worst it could do?

 

Although the Trojan is now only conducting click fraud scam by hijacking people’s search engine results inside their web browsers, it has the potential to do greater damage, such as stealing banking or login credential.

 

If the botnet remains connected to computers, cybercriminals could send new malware to their systems that cause bigger problems.

 

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Apple taking technical, legal action against Flashback malware | Macworld

Apple taking technical, legal action against Flashback malware | Macworld | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Apple said Tuesday it's developing a solution to combat the Flashback malware that experts say has infected around 600,000 Mac computers around the world.
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Apple 'tackling Trojan invasion' - BBC

Apple 'tackling Trojan invasion' - BBC | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Apple is developing a tool to "detect and remove" a Trojan that is believed to have infected around 650,000 Macintosh computers.

 

It said it is working with internet service providers (ISPs) to disrupt the command network being used by hackers to exploit the malware.

Trojans are infections that can expose computers to control by hackers.

 

It is Apple's first statement on the threat. It issued patches to prevent the malware's installation last week.

 

The two security updates were released ===> eight weeks after Java's developer Oracle issued a fix for other computer systems. <===

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How Apple Botched Its First Really Big Security Problem

How Apple Botched Its First Really Big Security Problem | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
It tried to kill the messenger...

 

Now that the Mac has achieved uber popularity, it is attracting hackers.


Last week Apple got its first taste of what Microsoft security goes through on a daily basis and its response was a big, fat fail.


Apple tried to take out the security researcher who told Apple it had a security problem, reports Forbes.

 

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Apple security team touches down on Planet Earth!

Apple security team touches down on Planet Earth! | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
In KB article HT5244, Apple has - apparently for the very first time! - talked openly about a security problem before it has all its threat reponse ducks in a row.

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Flashfake Removal Tool and online-checking site

Flashfake Removal Tool and online-checking site | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
After intercepting one of the domain names used by the Flashback/Flashfake Mac Trojan and setting up a special sinkhole server last Friday, we managed to gather stats on the scale and geographic distribution of the related botnet.
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10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac

10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
At the moment, there are more than 100 million Mac OS X users around the world. The number has grown switfly during the past years we expect this growth to continue.
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Widespread Virus Proves Macs Are No Longer Safe From Hackers

Widespread Virus Proves Macs Are No Longer Safe From Hackers | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Malware called "Fakeflash" or "Flashback' is infecting Macs running OS X. It has given criminals access to more than 600,000 computers. One reason for the attack: Apple sells more Macs now and has about 12 percent market share.
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Mac Malware Outbreak is Bigger Than "Conficker"

Mac Malware Outbreak is Bigger Than "Conficker" | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The Flashback Trojan has compromised an estimated 600,000 plus Macs, making it comparable to the massive Conficker worm botnet.
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Flashback the largest Mac malware threat yet, experts say

Flashback the largest Mac malware threat yet, experts say | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Congratulations, Apple. The Mac is now popular enough to attract major attention from the bad guys.

 

Patching the future


One aspect of Apple's internal culture that frustrates security experts is that the company's stance on fixing vulnerabilities has been inconsistent. Experts note that while Apple's mobile iOS platform has been patched in a timely manner, and there are even some at the company who "beat the security drum" (according to Schoewenberg), Flashback is an example of the process not working.


"Flashback was patched by Adobe for all major platforms back in February, but Apple only patched it this week," Schoewenberg said. "Waiting two months is not acceptable, and we see OS X threats evolving."

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Flashback Removal Tool - F-Secure

Flashback Removal Tool - F-Secure | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
F-Secure Security Labs brings you the latest online security news from around the world. Ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest online threats to guarantee your online wellbeing.

 

We have created a free tool that automates the detection and removal of the widespread Flashback Mac OS X malware.

 

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Virus Bulletin : VB2012 - Flashback OS X malware

Virus Bulletin : VB2012 - Flashback OS X malware | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Windows has been the target of malware for decades. This has resulted in a more hardened system and a better user awareness.


On the other hand, OS X has not really needed to go through all the troubles of crime fighting until recently.

 

===> Now, with its growing market share and lower user awareness, it is clear that OS X is becoming more and more attractive to malware authors. <===

 

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OSX.Flashback.K Infections Down to 270,000

OSX.Flashback.K Infections Down to 270,000 | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
OSX.Flashback initially arrived on the scene in late 2011. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a social-engineering scam trying to pass off as a fake Flash update using digital certificates purporting to come from Apple.
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Mac Flashfake removal tool

Mac Flashfake removal tool | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

In response to the recent discovery of the Flashfake botnet, Kaspersky Lab has announced the availability of its free Flashfake Removal Tool.

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The next step in #BYOD #security

The next step in #BYOD #security | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

The explosion in development and adoption of smartphones and tablets for both personal and business use in the past two years is both a blessing and a curse to IT departments globally.

 

Known as the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, on one hand, there is an opportunity for greatly increased productivity and decreased costs.

 

===> On the other, there are increased security risks, management issues and even data and device ownership and governance issues. <===

 

 


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Massive Mac Trojan Attack Still Under Way

Massive Mac Trojan Attack Still Under Way | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Kaspersky Lab -- which is offering the free tool -- counted up to 670,000 infected OS X machines in the botnet last week; today has seen just 227,493 so far, up from 208,301 yesterday.

 

Over the weekend, Kaspersky saw a major dip in the number of active infected Macs, from a head count on Friday, April 6, of 650,748, to 248,723 on Saturday, and then 237,103 on Sunday.

 

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Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections

Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Dr. Web's chief executive Boris Sharov, who says Apple never responded when the firm shared its findings on the Flashback botnet.

 

“They told the registrar this [domain] is involved in a malicious scheme. Which would be true if we weren’t the ones controlling it and not doing any harm to users,” says Sharov. “This seems to mean that Apple is not considering our work as a help. It’s just annoying them.”

 

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Opinion: You are the biggest security risk to your Mac

Opinion: You are the biggest security risk to your Mac | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
We all need to use anti-virus, but above all we need to use our common sense...

 

The Flashback Trojan is a good example of how Mac users are now very much targets of cybercriminal gangs - no longer are these people a ragtag bunch of hackers simply looking to make a name for themselves but well-organised, profit-motivated gangsters - as was the MacDefender (and numerous variants) scareware campaign from last year.

 

Don't be fooled into thinking that Apple necessarily has your back either - it seriously dropped the ball when it came to the Flashback threat, not issuing an update for Java for weeks after Oracle had made it clear that a vulnerability existed and had fixed the threat for Windows.

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#Mac Flashback/Flashfake/how to know if you are infected?

#Mac Flashback/Flashfake/how to know if you are infected? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

WHAT IS FLASHBACK/FLASHFAKE?

 

It is a family of malware for Mac OS X. The first versions of this type of threat were detected in September 2011. In March 2012 over 600 000 computers worldwide were infected by Flashback.

 

The infected computers have been combined in a botnet which enables cybercriminals to install additional malicious modules on them at will.

 

Check for FREE online (Kaspersky) if your Mac is infected and learn HowTo...

 

Also users can check if they’re infected with Flashfake by using Kaspersky Lab’s free removal tool http://support.kaspersky.com/downloads/utils/flashfake_removal_tool.zip

 

 

 

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Java: The OSX and Cross-Platform Nightmare | threatpost

Java: The OSX and Cross-Platform Nightmare | threatpost | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The Flashback botnet is an indication that Apple is not putting enough energy into security and that oracle isn't paying attention to Java security issues.
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Flashback trojan shows Macs do get viruses

Flashback trojan shows Macs do get viruses | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Mac users: It’s time to be more vigilant about viruses.

 

Geise said that Macs were particularly affected in this attack because of a vulnerability in the Apple version of Java — the company stopped using Oracle’s releases of Java a couple of years ago, and supports its own versions.

 

Yet while Oracle had patched the problem with Java that caused this problem months ago, Apple had yet to address the problem until April 3, when it issued a patch for the vulnerability. It then released a second patch on April 5.

 

“Oracle had patched this but Apple didn’t patch it until very recently,” he said. “Exploits were seen in the wild since around early to mid-March.

 

That has been a full month of lead time to do bad stuff.”

 

Several experts have said that this appears to be one of the largest-ever attacks on Macs.

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Has Flashback malware made you consider installing antivirus on your Mac?

Has Flashback malware made you consider installing antivirus on your Mac? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Hello Mac users, welcome to the problems facing Windows users!

 

Now Mac users are facing a far more serious threat. Having your Mac as part of a botnet, and having malware on the system that’s sniffing passwords is a big deal indeed, and far scarier than some fake security popup. Flashback is serious malware. Unless you do some digging around on your system, you won’t even know it’s there.

 

That’s serious. But is it serious enough to get Mac users to protect their Macs?

 

I hope so, because ===> this incident has highlighted how wide open Mac users are to attacks, and it’s clear that Apple doesn’t have their backs covered. <===

 

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