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Half a million Macs may be infected with Flashback botnet.
Dr. Web Anti Virus says 300,000 infected Macs are located in the United States.
The Flashback trojan is designed to steal personal information according to Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web. The company reported approximately 600,000 Macs are infected.
The malware originally looked like an Adobe Flash Player update but can exploit Java updates as well. When visiting a website that contains Flashback a prompt will appear asking for your password so that a package of code can be installed into the Applications folder. Once it is installed it will begin harvesting passwords for websites and social media accounts.
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Source: BitWise Computer Repair
New Threats: MacDefender, MacProtector, MacSecurity and MacGuard
A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user’s credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes.
The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector, MacSecurity and MacGuard.
In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.
In the meantime, the Resolution section below provides step-by-step instructions on how to avoid or manually remove this malware.
How to avoid installing this malware
If any notifications about viruses or security software appear, quit Safari or any other browser that you are using. If a normal attempt at quitting the browser doesn’t work, then Force Quit the browser.
In some cases, your browser may automatically download and launch the installer for this malicious software. If this happens, cancel the installation process; do not enter your administrator password. Delete the installer immediately using the steps below.
- Go into the Downloads folder or your preferred download location.
- Drag the installer to the Trash.
- Empty the Trash.
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