Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mac users get a security wakeup call from the Flashback Trojan
Mac users are starting to have to get more attention from cybercriminals, according to a tweet from Webroot and TechNewsWorld yesterday, in this story about the Flashback Trojan, link here.
Recently, my own Macbook prompted me to upload a security fix for Java which I believe is supposed to stop the Trojan. I use Norton anti-virus (Symantec) on my Mac. So far, I do rather limited surfing and email on the Mac, working mostly with my own music and video.
The malware prompts the user to download a bogus Flash player, which the Mac does not supply on its own. Flash players should be downloaded only from Adobe. Intego has a discussion here.
The Trojan would appear to make the Mac machine then a zombie for later DOS attacks.
(There is a distantly related story on my COPA blog April 9 about a fictitious "shakedown" or scareware virus.)
Picture: from DC Metro. Yes, some 16-year-old's are "bottomless pits" without gaining weight.