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Sophos warns of Mac OS security vulnerabilities

Sophos warns of Mac OS security vulnerabilities | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Mac computers are not immune to viruses...

 

SECURITY VENDOR Sophos' senior technology consultant Graham Cluley warns that it's time for Apple users to take notice of the threats facing Mac OS X operating systems by securing their computers with antivirus software.


Source: The Inquirer (http://s.tt/1abnN)

 

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Big Mac Attack: Apple Security Bruised after OS X Infections: Scientific American

Big Mac Attack: Apple Security Bruised after OS X Infections: Scientific American | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Malware like Flashback, which has infected hundreds of thousands of Macs, could become commonplace as cyber attackers target Apple...
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Macs More Likely to Carry Windows Malware Than Mac Malware

Macs More Likely to Carry Windows Malware Than Mac Malware | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
One in five Mac computers is likely to carry Windows malware, but only one in 36 is likely to be infected with malware specifically designed for the Mac OS X, according to study performed by antivirus firm Sophos.
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Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012

Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012 | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012

 

Read more: http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/reports/rpt_security_in_the_age_of_mobility.pdf

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Drastic drop of Flashbackridden Macs appears premature

Drastic drop of Flashbackridden Macs appears premature | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
At least two security firms that estimated a significant drop in Mac systems infected with the datastealing Flashback trojan admit they made erroneous calls.

 

The company said its ===> count may have been distorted because a third-party sinkhole that used a “tarpitting” technique to prevent the malware from attempting to connect to subsequent domains, such as the one set up by Symantec to tally the number of infected Macs, Liam O Murchu, director of operations at the company's Security Response Center, said in an email Monday to SCMagazine.com. <===

 

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Both Mac and Windows are Targeted at Once!

Both Mac and Windows are Targeted at Once! | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.

 

Symantec Security Response, along with some other security vendors, reported the discovery of the OSX.Flashback malware recently patched by Apple. Many people may be surprised to learn the infection volume is reported at over 600,000 computers.

On a new front, we have recently identified new Java Applet malware, which uses the Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0507) to download its payload.

 

This attack vector is the same as the older one, but in this case the Java Applet checks which OS it is running on and downloads a suitable malware for the OS. This is explained further in the following illustration...

 

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New Java trojan and old MS Word vulnerabilities need patching

New Java trojan and old MS Word vulnerabilities need patching | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

According to fresh warnings by security vendor Intego, another Java vulnerability is attacking Macs that haven’t been patched with Apple’s Java for OS X Lion 2012-002 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7, released earlier this month.

 

Meanwhile, the security analysts warned that many copies of older versions of MS Word haven’t been patched and are being infected.

 

The Word vulnerability was patched by Microsoft several years ago, however, many Mac users haven’t bothered to install the patches or have turned off the automated Microsoft updates installer. According to Integro, MS Word 2004 and 2008 are vulnerable, but Word 2011 is not. In addition, the older .DOC format is vulnerable, not the .DOCX format.

 

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Flashback malware infections drop to 30,000 Macs

Flashback malware infections drop to 30,000 Macs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The Flashback malware threat for OS X is on a steep decline, but still underscores that Mac systems are not immune to threats. Read this blog post by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt.
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New Mac Trojan: Sabpab

New Mac Trojan: Sabpab | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

A new Trojan known as “Sabpab” could hurt Mac users who run Java and Microsoft Word. Security researchers are warning users to make sure their computers

 

===> have the latest software updates from both Apple and Microsoft, <=== and to use anti-virus software.

 

In some cases, manual removal of Sabpab may be needed.

 

Word about Sabpab comes on the heels of another nasty piece of malware, Flashback, that infected up to as many as 600,000 Macs, security experts said, by exploiting a vulnerability in Java software.

 

Apple last week issued a software-base removal tool for that malware, which can be used by criminals to steal personal information, including passwords.

 

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Flashback botnet decline not as fast as expected

Flashback botnet decline not as fast as expected | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Given the attention that the Flashback Mac malware has received since the discovery of the 600K strong botnet of computers infected with it and the number of tools that various security firms and Apple issued for its removal, it's somewhat disheartening to hear that===> the botnet still counts around 140,000 zombies. <===

 

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Mac Trojan 'SabPub' Proves Cybercriminals Actively Target OS X

Mac Trojan 'SabPub' Proves Cybercriminals Actively Target OS X | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

"SabPub" proves Macs are now targets of Advanced Persistant Threats (APTs), a persistent type of cyber attack operated by cyber criminals, Kaspersky Lab confirmed.

 

In an update to the ongoing SabPub saga, Kaspersky's researchers reported some unusual activity once the SabPub payload was dropped in its machine bait over the weekend.

 

===> The attackers were actively analyzing the computer's contents, clearly searching for something: <===

 

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FLAMING RETORT: All this new Mac malware - whose fault is it?

FLAMING RETORT: All this new Mac malware - whose fault is it? | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Flaming Retort is back, this time trying to Coole and Explayne the flames we've had from some Mac users in the past few days.

In a back-to-front way of making Mac fans feel better, I'll start bymaking everyone feel slightly worse, taking a small potshot at Windows, OS X and Linux fans alike.

 

My point here is not to prove that it is somebody's fault, but simply to remind us that perennially finding someone else to blame for our computer security woes is a bad idea. ...

 

===> Security is the responsibility of all of us: technologists, coders, mobile phone users, writers, video watchers, bloggers, Wikipedia readers, bank clerks, bicycle couriers, politicians, policemen and gardeners. <===

 

            ===> It's not your fault. It's your responsibility. <===

 

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Technology News: Malware: Flashback Mac Trojan Sputters and Stalls

Technology News: Malware: Flashback Mac Trojan Sputters and Stalls | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A week after the Flashback Trojan began running rampant on Macintosh computers, the malware appears to be in remission.
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Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Apple is a decade behind Microsoft in terms of Mac malware security, research firm Kaspersky has contentiously suggested, something it predicts the Cupertino firm will quickly realize in a fast-approaching storm of rogue software.

 

“I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security” company CEO Eugene Kaspersky told Computer Business Review at a security event this week, predicting a torrent of malware is incoming for OS X and that Apple will have to pull its boots up in order to handle it.

 

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New, Sneakier Flashback Malware Infects Macs

New, Sneakier Flashback Malware Infects Macs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A new, sneakier variant of the Flashback malware was uncovered yesterday by the French security firm Intego.

 

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1 in 5 Macs has malware on it!

1 in 5 Macs has malware on it! | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
One in every five Mac computers is harbouring some kind of malware, a new study from the experts at Sophos has revealed.

Sophos has revealed a disturbingly high level of malware on Mac computers...

 

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Flashback Virus Infects Computers at University of Iowa

Flashback Virus Infects Computers at University of Iowa | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Fresher students at University of Iowa lately were unable to access the other UI computers when the Flashback virus reportedly infected the campus network.
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WordPress gets updated for security issues

WordPress gets updated for security issues | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
WordPress installations received a security upgrade on Friday to patch a number of vulnerabilities.

 

The update to version 3.3.2, as well as 3.4 Beta 3, fixes issues in file uploaders Plupload and SWFUpload, and Adobe Flash embedding tool SWFObject. The new version also comes with fixes for several privilege escalation and cross-site scripting bugs.

 

Cyber criminals heavily use vulnerable WordPress sites to spread malware, and they may have been utilized in the recent Flashback trojan attacks on Mac OS X systems.

 

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New Flashback variant silently infects Macs

New Flashback variant silently infects Macs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A new Flashback Trojan has been discovered that infects Macs without prompting the user for a password.
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Flashback Spread via Hijacked WordPress Blogs

Flashback Spread via Hijacked WordPress Blogs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The massive Flashback botnet of Mac machines relied on hacked and malware-rigged WordPress blog sites to spread and infect users, according to Kaspersky Lab researchers.

 

Flashback Slashed
We now know where the infection originated, and we have a number of removal tools available to get rid of the infection. But there is some disagreement on exactly how many Macs are still infected with Flashback, nearly two weeks later. Kaspersky researchers said a little over 30,000 Macs are still infected, as of Apr. 19. The biggest drop in the infections came after Apple released its final Java update to patch the flaw and remove the malware, according to Kaspersky Lab.

 

On the other hand, Symantec researchers claimed there were still 140,000 infected machines.

"The statistics from our sinkhole are showing declining numbers on a daily basis. However, we had originally believed that we would have seen a greater decline in infections at this point in time, but this has proven not to be the case," Symantec said.

 

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Mac users may think they're safe from malware, but they're not

Mac users may think they're safe from malware, but they're not | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Kate Bevan: For too long Mac users have been complacent about malware – it's time they woke up to the threat from trojans like Flashback...

 

===> Mac users should 'become responsible members of the wider computing community.' <===

 

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Java update is no protection against new SabPub Mac Trojan

Java update is no protection against new SabPub Mac Trojan | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Java update is no protection against new SabPub Mac Trojan!

 

SabPub Mac Trojan is spreading via Word documents, using an ancient vulnerability...

 

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Symantec: Flashback malware now down to 140K machines

Symantec: Flashback malware now down to 140K machines | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

The Flashback malware is still on the decline, but the security firm says its latest estimate of infected machines is higher than expected. 

 

In a blog post today, software maker and security firm Symantec lowered its estimate of machines that still have the malware to 140,000, which is down considerably from estimates of more than 600,000 less than two weeks ago. Even so, the firm said it was expecting a lower tally.

 

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Macs under attack, who is safe?

Macs under attack, who is safe? | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

April 17, 2012 — Network World — It was always thought that as Apple products increased in popularity, so would the target on its back placed by cybercriminals. Always looking to take down the king of the hill, cybercriminals finally got to Apple's Macs last week with a botnet that attacked more than 600,000 machines.

 

With such an accomplishment, the question is who is really safe from these attacks? The quick answer is no one. Anonymous has proven that.

 

One expert said recently, "it's the malware lurking in the background from these attacks that is truly scary. "Right now advanced persistent malware is very expensive to do right and is not being produced by very many organizations, but it is getting cheaper, it's going to get modularized and mass produced."

 

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'Flashback' virus shows Macs more vulnerable

'Flashback' virus shows Macs more vulnerable | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Because Mac laptops' market share has grown so much, it appears Macs are being targeted more.

 

I hope the very legitimate sense of security Mac users have long had isn’t turning into a false sense of security.

 

“For years, Mac users have been able to believe that they are safer than the average computer user and turned their noses up at antivirus software. But as Apple’s market share has grown, so has the threat to Mac users’ security,” the Washington Post reports. Specifically, the Post was referring to a virus called “Flashback” that may have infected “up to 600,000 Macs … mostly in the United States and Canada” which seem now to be part of growing bonnet.” A botnet is a network of “bots” (also called “zombie networks”) that are basically compromised computers – infected computers that are obviously no longer controlled entirely by their owners.

 

Flashback “should be a wake-up call to those who still think that their Mac is invulnerable to attacks like this,” the Posts added.

 

The security advice offered in the article sounds a whole lot like what PC owners have been told for very a long time:

 

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