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Apple responds to Flashback trojan, promises removal tool

In a tech note published today, Apple discussed the Flashback trojan (past coverage here) and reminded users of OS X 10.6 and 10.7 that they should install the April 3 Java update to remove the vulnerability that the malware uses to infect Macs. For users of OS X 10.5 Leopard or earlier, Apple has not updated Java yet to patch the flaw; in that case, Apple's recommendation is to turn off Java in the browser to guard against Flashback.

The note also says that "Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware." No ETA on that yet; in the meantime, the company is working with network service providers to disable or block the command and control servers that Flashback checks in with.

[via The Loop]

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