What is flashback malware?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macmastersam, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    And how does it infect a mac and how long will the mac affected?

    Forgive me for asking this because I don't own a mac and thanks in advance for the help :)
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/04/05/600000-macs-worldwide-reportedly-infected-by-flashback-trojan/
    http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader_osx_flashback_k.shtml
    http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader_osx_flashback_i.shtml


    Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac.
    But as long as you don't install software from unknown and untrusted sources, you are safe, as malware needs administrative permissions to run successfully, which means, you need to install the malware yourself, it can't install itself (one of the reasons, why a Mac OS X virus hasn't appeared yet).
    To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:


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  3. 2BirdMan macrumors newbie

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple has released a tool to check for and remove the Flashback trojan. Use Software Update on your computer to install it.
     

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