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#1 inflating

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-17623422

More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

An investigation by Dr Web suggests that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet".


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17623422

More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

An investigation by Dr Web suggests that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet".

Perhaps Dr Web could comment on how he knows the download figure to Macs is 600,000?
Even then, the download figure is not proof that a system has been hijacked.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:50 PM

The Apple fanboys will be alarmed...

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Excuse me while I laugh

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Perhaps Dr Web could comment on how he knows the download figure to Macs is 600,000?
Even then, the download figure is not proof that a system has been hijacked.


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:48 AM

Flashback?

I see the great hand of the mighty Jobs reaching down from heaven to put a stop to that. :D

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:37 AM

Because it is so widely believed that malware simply isn't an issue for Mac OS and Linux, I suspect that most users of these operating systems haven't done anything about protecting themselves, because they think they don't need to.

Edited by The Ayatollah Buggeri, 06 April 2012 - 04:21 AM.


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:04 AM

The Mac has gone mainstream so now its a target.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:11 AM

The Mac has gone mainstream so now its a target.


Absolutely! Popular platforms will be the target for this "joy"!

BTW! You have a missing apostrophe! :o
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

Perhaps Dr Web could comment on how he knows the download figure to Macs is 600,000?
Even then, the download figure is not proof that a system has been hijacked.


I assume that they probably count all safari hits as mac, it's fairly easy to detect browsers using javascript.


Because it is so widely believed that malware simply isn't an issue for Mac OS and Linux, I suspect that most users of these operating systems haven't done anything about protecting themselves, because they think they don't need to.


I guess Linux is the last manstanding, as Steed adheres:


The Mac has gone mainstream so now its a target.



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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

Because it is so widely believed that malware simply isn't an issue for Mac OS and Linux, I suspect that most users of these operating systems haven't done anything about protecting themselves, because they think they don't need to.


That's the impression Mac users tend to give

The Mac has gone mainstream so now its a target.


I don't think I'd want one, hard enough for me to keep abreast of Windows which I've been using since 3.1 days

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

My boss keeps emailing everyone viagra (well, once every other month) from his home PC - I told him to change his password and get anti-virus... But it's a MAC, they don't get viruses!
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