In as many weeks, Apples Mac OSX is hit by another Java malware exploit called SabPub. I just as I have mentioned in the past that Apple are really on the edge of an explosion of malwares that will target this platform. Its the price you pay these days for being popular.
“In a set of recent updates to Mac OS X, Apple patched a vulnerability in Java that had allowed a Malware infection known as Flashback to spread to some 700K of its computers. Now, a new backdoor Java threat called SabPub has reared its head, validating Apple’s aggressive measures to block issues due to the plugin.
Internet security firm Kasperksy details a new malware variant called Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a that is being spread using another exploit in Java.”
Full Article at The Next News HERE with some workarounds for now until Apple release another fix is to disable the Java web plugin
Apple Mac’s have for a long time been touted my many Apple users and to some respect Apple themselves as being a malware free platform, however many expert PC users, especially security users have been long aware that Mac’s are not immune. It is just that they are not targeted as much as Windows based PCs as Windows based PCs are the predominant used Operating System.
“Two months ago, a new variant of the Flashback Trojan started exploiting a security hole in Java to silently infect Mac OS X machines. Apple has since patched Java, but this was only yesterday. As of today, more than 600,000 Macs are currently infected with the Flashback Trojan, which steals your user names and passwords to popular websites by monitoring your network traffic.
Russian antivirus company Dr. Web first reported today that 550,000 Macs were being controlled by the growing Mac botnet. Later in the day though, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan announced on Twitter (via Ars Technica) that the number of Macs infected with Flashback had increased to over 600,000:”
Interesting statistics in the image in the full article below as to the countries who’s users have been infected with this Flashback Trojan.
Read full article at ZDNet HERE