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April 5th, 2012, 12:12 PM #1
Over half a million MACs infected and growing
April 5th, 2012, 01:32 PM #2
As of right now some are questioning how this security firm is coming up with this number (espically being from Russia!)
Either way make sure you get those boxes patched, its only gonna get worse from here as OSX becomes more popular! Also this is another reason why I tell people to run little snitch when they have osx!
If it doesn't get a valid administrator password, it attempts to use a different infection technique, but checks for Microsoft Word and Skype first and deletes itself if they are present, as it is known that this alternative infection method causes those applications to crash.
April 6th, 2012, 08:20 AM #3
Apple Releases Second Update to Java in Two Days - Mac Rumors
While yesterday's Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 update closed the vulnerability in Java 1.6.0_29, there's no indication what the new update -- called Java for OS X 2012-002 -- fixes. The update notes link to the same support document as update 2012-001.
Last year, Apple introduced a security update to OS X that would automatically remove malicious software from OS X installations. It isn't clear if the infected machines can be fixed via the internal OS X security mechanisms.
April 6th, 2012, 08:22 AM #4
You're using Lion aren't you?
April 6th, 2012, 11:08 AM #5
Actually surreal my mac died about 6 months ago. I was waiting till this summer when the new Air Books and OS come out
April 7th, 2012, 09:58 AM #6
Bummer GZ..The malware was initially found in September 2011 masquerading as a fake Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer, but in the past few months it has evolved to exploiting Java vulnerabilities to target Mac systems.
April 7th, 2012, 11:29 AM #7
My understanding is it will prompt the user to enter the administrator password. If the user does not then it will look for another way to infect the machine, which im still trying to figure out how successful it is at doing it.
April 8th, 2012, 07:26 AM #8
April 8th, 2012, 09:09 AM #9
April 8th, 2012, 10:14 AM #10
Ive been watching other forums in regards to this infection and it amazes me how many mac users (espically long time users) dont know how to use the terminal.
Supposedly Dr. Web got his number by sinkholing which is a new term to me. This article explains what it is:
Kaspersky Lab, which collaborated with Microsoft on the takedown, says 3,000 infected hosts are connecting to its sinkhole every minute. Kaspersky reverse-engineered the bot malware, cracked the botnet’s communication protocol, and then developed tools to attack its peer-to-peer infrastructure, explains Kaspersky Lab expert Tillmann Werner in a blog post. That allowed Kaspersky to create a situation in which the bots are "talking to our machine, and to our machine only. Experts call such an action sinkholing—bots communicate with a sinkhole instead of its real controllers.
So I assume that if he used this technique, technically he has control over those 600,000+ machines?
April 9th, 2012, 01:32 AM #11
TechIMO Folding@home Team #111 - Crunching for the cure!
April 10th, 2012, 09:19 AM #12
OK, what's a sinkhole?
April 10th, 2012, 09:41 AM #13
April 10th, 2012, 10:40 AM #14
Duh! that worked
Actually that's kinda interesting...
April 10th, 2012, 09:05 PM #15
April 11th, 2012, 04:21 AM #16
April 11th, 2012, 07:44 AM #17
(I had already updated java and applied the patch)
April 12th, 2012, 01:17 PM #18
Surreal OSX updater checks weekly for the update, so im sure if you waited it would of picked up the updates the next time it scanned.
April 12th, 2012, 04:00 PM #19
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And here I thought Macs weren't susceptible to malware.
April 12th, 2012, 04:03 PM #20
It was bound to happen, however its important to remember this infection came from java being broken once again. Of course Apple dragged ass on pushing out a fix
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