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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 en guerre contre un virus qui attaque les Mac

Apple en guerre contre un virus qui attaque les Mac | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

"Apple développe des logiciels qui détecteront et supprimeront le virus Flashback", a indiqué l'entreprise dans un message diffusé par un blog sur son site internet.

 

 

 

Les pirates informatiques trompent les utilisateurs de Mac en les incitant à télécharger une fausse nouvelle version du logiciel de visionnage de vidéos Adobe Flash, qui est en fait un cheval de Troie.

 

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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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Sécurité : Mac OS X rattrapé par le succès d’Apple

Sécurité : Mac OS X rattrapé par le succès d’Apple | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Plus d’un demi-million de Mac auraient été infectés, selon Dr. Web, par un logiciel malveillant exploitant une faille Java. Celui-ci, surnommé Flashback, marque-t-il la fin d’une époque ?

 

Force est de constater qu’Apple n’a pas manqué de travailler à répandre lui-même cette image. Début 2009, l’entreprise présentait même son système d’exploitation comme «un havre de paix.»

 

Mais cette présentation était à tout le moins discutable. De fait, la division sécurité d’IBM indiquait à la même période que Mac OS X et Mac OS X Server comptaient chacun pour 14,3 % des vulnérabilités dévoilées en 2008.

 

Pour un environnement hyper sécurisé, on a vu mieux. Par la suite, les démonstrations d’exploits sur Mac OS X n’ont pas manqué.

 

De quoi donner de l’eau au moulin d’Eric Filiol, spécialiste de la cryptologie, qui rappelait alors que

 

===> «tous les environnements capables d’exécution [de code] sont potentiellement vulnérables.» <===

 

Et l’on ne saurait contredire cette affirmation aussi prudente que réaliste.

 

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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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Trouvez si votre Mac est l'un des 600 000 infectés

Trouvez si votre Mac est l'un des 600 000 infectés | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Le cheval de Troie Flashback cause beaucoup de dégâts et d'émoi depuis la semaine dernière. Voici la méthode pour savoir si votre ordinateur en est victime.
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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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Flashback botnet: The end of the Mac’s malware immunity?

Flashback botnet: The end of the Mac’s malware immunity? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Read 'Flashback botnet: The end of the Mac's malware immunity?' on Digital Trends. A new variant on Flashback malware exploits a Java vulnerability to...

 

But the day may come — soon — when the Mac malware universe warrants widespread use of high-quality antivirus software.

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Half-million Mac infection estimate backed by new analysis

Half-million Mac infection estimate backed by new analysis | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Researchers from Kaspersky Lab supplied more evidence that there are more than 500,000 Macs infected by the Flashback malware. If correct, that would represent more than 1 percent of Macs out there.
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Hackers Begin Targeting Macs

Hackers Begin Targeting Macs | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Recent Flashback attacks show Apple's surging popularity has gained the attention of hackers.

 

"All the stuff the bad guys have learned for doing attacks in the PC world is now starting to transition to the Mac world," McAfee Labs director of threat intelligence Dave Marcus told AFP.

 

"Mac has said for a long time that they are not vulnerable to PC malware, which is true; ===> they are vulnerable to Mac malware." <===

 

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Flashfake Mac OS X botnet confirmed

Flashfake Mac OS X botnet confirmed | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Igor Soumenkov
Kaspersky Lab Expert

 

Earlier this week, Dr. Web reported the discovery of a Mac OS X botnet Flashback (Flashfake). According to their information, the estimated size of this botnet is more than 500, 000 infected Mac machines.

 

Our logs indicate that a total of 600 000+ unique bots connected to our server in less than 24 hours. They used a total of 620 000+ external IP addresses.

 

More than 50% of the bots connected from the United States.

 

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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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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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Flashback-Trojaner infiziert immer mehr Macs

Flashback-Trojaner infiziert immer mehr Macs | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Ein Entwickler hat ein kleines Tool für Mac-Rechner entwickelt, mit dem schnell überprüft werden kann, ob der Rechner vom gefährlichen Flashback-Trojaner befallen ist. Auch Kaspersky hat ein solches Tool mittlerweile veröffentlicht.
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Flashback-Trojaner: Anzahl infizierter Macs steigt weiter / 670.000

Flashback-Trojaner: Anzahl infizierter Macs steigt weiter / 670.000 | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Die Anzahl der mit Flashback infizierten Macs steigt weiter. Derweil haben die Antivirenhersteller kostenlose Test- und Entfernungsprogramme für Flashback-Trojaner verteilt.
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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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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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Mac Flashback Trojan: Are You Infected? How Do You Remove It?

Mac Flashback Trojan: Are You Infected? How Do You Remove It? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
My work Mac (Photo credit: randomduck) Following my piece the other day on how an estimated 600,000 Macs are infected with the Flashback Trojan, I've been getting a lot of questions and queries about how to tell if a system is infected witht his malware,...

 

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How to check for—and get rid of—a Mac Flashback infection

How to check for—and get rid of—a Mac Flashback infection | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The Mac Flashback trojan is certainly making headlines, and it could even be making the rounds on your own computer. There are ways to check if you have it, though, and we have a few other tips for protecting yourself.
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What you need to know about the Flashback trojan | Macworld

What you need to know about the Flashback trojan | Macworld | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
[Rich Mogull has worked in the security world for 18 years. He writes for TidBits and works as a security analyst through Securosis.com.]

 

===> We’ve entered a new era in Mac security, <=== but there’s no need to panic...

 

The bad guys clearly care more about Macs now. But we need to keep our perspective: We still see far less malware for Macs than we do for, say, Android phones. Yet there's no doubt that Flashback is a significant development.

 

===> I believe it shows we will see more malware on Macs. <===

 

I’m also convinced these will be infrequent events and not the ongoing onslaught of epidemics that some observers are predicting—

 

===> as long as we all take precautions and stay vigilant. <===

 

                             ===> A MUST READ! <===

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