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Apple tool to combat Flashback Trojan

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Apple has now release a Java update to eradicate the Flashback Trojan that have been infecting Mac computers on a large scale in recent weeks.

The Flashback Malware exploiting a security vulnerability in the Mac Operating System (OS) allowing hackers to take control of the users machine.

Apple released the update two days after it reported taking the issue on and one week after the anti-virus firm Dr Web said over 600,000 Macs had been infected.

Apple has been highly criticised for the extended amount of time it took to resolve the issue.

Kaspersky, recalled its own Trojan-removal tool after it was reportedly affecting some user settings.

Apple have only released a fix for machines running their latest versions of the operating system. “Snow Leopard” and “Lion” all earlier versions have been told to disable Java in their web browser to resolve the problem.

Apple has been reported to be working to shut down servers hosted by the authors of the Malware, to prevent the Malware from running many of its critical functions.

Some analysts are reporting they believe Apple could of been able to avoided the attack if it had acted sooner.

Confused

Oracle The Java’s developer had issued a fix for other systems eight weeks before Apple’s first security update.

Rik Ferguson, the director of security at Trend Micro said the following on the matter: “Apple’s sluggishness on security updates could perhaps have been defended in the past by the relative paucity of malware on that operating system. However, Mac OS is increasingly attractive and increasingly exploited by criminals.”

Apple is also trying to improve the security of its web stores iTunes, most likely trying to address a worrying increase in the number users complaining about accounts being “hacked”.

Users are currently being prompted on Apples websites to add back-up email addresses and answer security questions to protect their user accounts and data.

Apple has not yet commented on their actions, which has been reported to of confused a large amount of Apple’s regular users.


Anonymous operating system dangerous?

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Anonymous Operating System Dangerous?

Picture Credit to Anonymous

Is the Anonymous Operating System really dangerous?

A massive explosion of scrutiny and rumour have emerged over the release of the new Anonymous operating system.

Because of the secretive nature of the  Anonymous group, confusion has formed over the true origin of the modified operating system.

Some skeptics believe that hackers are trying to take advtage of the Anonymous name to infect unsuspecting users with computer viruses.

The BBC have stated that the most “official” channels of the Anonymous group have distanced themselves from the operating system, claiming that it is filled with Trojans and is harmful.

The website SourceForge have also removed the software from their servers over concerns about the Anonymous operating system’s security.

Whether the operating system is truely dangerous or not is still up for debate, but it seems like the arguement is clearly leaning towards the “avoid at all costs” side for the time being.

Until more information comes to light, users are recommended to stay away from the rogue software.

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