Over half a million Macs reportedly infected by Flashback trojan
According to Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web, more than half a million Macs worldwide are currently infected by the Flashback trojan, including 274 systems located in Apple’s own backyard – Cupertino, California.
Variations of the Flashback trojan have been around since 2007, the latest targets a vulnerability in older versions of Java.
Dr. Web explains how a Mac becomes infected:
As OS X Lion does not come with Java by default, only users who have chosen to install it, or are running older versions of OS X such as Leopard and Snow Leopard, are potentially susceptible to the trojan.
Apple released an update to Java which addresses the vulnerability earlier this week, if you haven’t already downloaded it, you can do so via Software Update. Another anti-virus company, F-Secure, has provided diagnostics on their website which will determine whether or not your Mac has been infected, and if it has, how the trojan can be removed.
The majority of the infected Macs (303,449) are believed to be located in the US, followed by Canada in second place (106,379), the UK in third place (68,577), and Australia in fourth place (32,527).
[Via Ars Technica]