Mac users wake-up to Java Malware attack
Mac users were always of the opinion that their systems were immune from viruses, Trojan horses and other types of malware. However, Mac users can no longer overlook anti-virus protection. Malware striking Mac computers is making the headline!
The cyber security community is irate over the fact that Apple Inc has dilly-dallied on eradicating malware. Experts believe that the malware may have infected up to 600,000 Macintosh computers by which susceptible user information can be leaked. A widespread virus called Flashback/Flashfake has infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide and has become a nightmare for the Mac users. It is widely considered to be the first of many malicious viruses that will continue to give nightmare to the Mac users.
Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer with Security Company F-Secure, said that since Flashback/FlashFake has attacked an estimated one percent of all Macs worldwide. The launch of this virus can be regarded as a “historic event” for the growing numbers of Mac users. According to Hypponen this is a wake-up call for the Mac users and they can longer overlook the virus dilemma. For Hypponen, the ‘happy days of virus-free Macs’ are now foregone.
The outbreak of the virus is all the more chilling due to the fact that the owners of the infected Macs could simply visit a web page using a Mac that had a current version of Java installed and they can get infected by the virus. This vulnerability for the Macs users is perilous as the affected computers can be remotely watched and controlled by the hackers and in the process personal and banking information can be stolen. You can be infected by visiting the perfectly normal websites, the sites that you regularly visit. The attacks are quietly designed with no visible modifications; everything appears to be normal however the hackers load a Java (program) in the background and this program makes it susceptible to the attack.
The security watchers have time and again warned about the possible Mac infections and now that it has happened they opined that no matter what operating system you are using you are vulnerable to the attackers.
You should help prevent system contamination by running the Java update that Apple made available through the system update menu.