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
As I reported last week Apple OSX and likely more than 600K users have been affected by a Trojan (a Trojan is a form of Malware). Apple are working on a fix tool to allow users to remove this Trojan.
“Apple has said it is developing a tool to “detect and remove” a Trojan that is said to have infected more than half a million Mac computers.
It said it is working with internet service providers (ISPs) to disrupt the command network being used by hackers to exploit the malware.
In a message posted on Apple’s website’s support section, the company said it had fixed a “Java security flaw for systems running OS X v10.7 and Mac OS X v10.6″.
It suggested users of Macs running earlier versions of its system software should disable Java in their web browser preferences.”
While this is a great to hear from Apple, it now shows something that has long been known in tech circles that Apple and in some respect neither is Linux Operating Systems (OS) immune from malware that has plagued Microsoft Windows for many years, these other OS’s are becoming popular now so malware writers are targeting them.
In part its due to Microsoft’s newer Windows versions (Windows 7 and 8) as well as Internet Explorer becoming more secure, they are by no means immune as in the main its the user that is the major cause of malware on a PC.
Read full article at BBC Technology News HERE
The fix is available now and KB Article HERE and download HERE
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
So you have head all the comments by some people that Apple OSX is immune to malware, while this is not fully correct, as its more the fact that malware writers have not targeted their attacks on Apple OSX, until now that is, seems the MAC, is the target on some new malware that is growing in infection count.
See the below quote from tech writer Ed Bott
“Over the weekend, I got an e-mail from an AppleCare support rep, who was responding to my recent reports of Mac malware being found in the wild. At least one prominent voice in the Mac community dismisses these reports as “crying wolf.” The view from inside an Apple call center says it’s for real:
I can tell you for a fact, many, many people are falling for this attack. Our call volume here at AppleCare is 4-5x higher than normal and [the overwhelming majority] of our calls are about this Mac Defender and its aliases. Many frustrated Mac users think their Mac is impervious to viruses and think this is a real warning from Apple. I really wish I could say not many people will fall for this, but in this last week, we have had nothing but Mac Defender and similar calls.
I contacted this person and arranged an interview. I’ve edited our conversation to remove any details that might identify this individual or the call center location, but otherwise this is a verbatim transcript.”
So if you are a MAC user and you are searching for Anti-Virus/Malware software for your MAC then steer clear of this one below.
Read the full article at Ed Bott’s tech Blog HERE at ZDNet.