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Flashback was earning about $10K per day

People often wonder about what motivates the creators of malware. In the case of the Flashback malware that infected several hundred thousand Macs, it turns out that the motivator was money. A post on the Symantec official blog listed the stages of infection from Flashback: A user visits...

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Oracle providing direct Java support for OS X, updates to be more timely

Macworld and Ars Technica reported late yesterday that Oracle has announced direct support of Java for OS X. This appears to be a reaction to the rather widespread outbreaks of malware that took advantage of exploits in Java before Apple was able to provide an update. This change has been anticip...

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Another Mac Flashback variant out, but still uses same (patched) vulnerability

We're not quite done with Flashback yet. The good news is that the number of Macs affected by the trojan has gone down greatly, but the bad news is that there's a new variant of it out in the public. It's called Flashback.S, and just like the original, it can worm its way into a Mac's home fold...

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Flashback infections down from over half a million to under 150,000 in eight days

According to Symantec, the OSX.Flashback.K infection is declining each day. The current number of infected Macs is now around 140,000, down from 600,000 a week ago. If you think you may be infected, you can run a Flashback removal tool from either Kapersky or F-Secure. Apple also has a tool f...

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Another Java trojan for Mac discovered, this time through Microsoft Word

Just days after Apple released its official Flashback trojan patch, another Java trojan has been discovered that could possibly infect Macs. The trojan is known as "LuckyCat." As Kaspersky Lab Expert Costin Raiu explains in a blog post, LuckyCat takes advantage of an exploit in Microsoft Word t...

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Flashback removal tool for no-Java 10.7 Lion now available

The security risks of having a Java virtual machine/runtime environment on your Mac have been highlighted over the past two weeks, as the Flashback trojan spread widely by taking advantage of a vulnerability that Oracle had patched months ago -- but that Apple had not. There is a mitigating facto...

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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 ha...

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How to find/remove the Flashback trojan

According to Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web, over 600,000 Macs worldwide are infected with the Mac flashback trojan. The trojan can be installed if you visit a malicious website, and it will attempt to connect your Mac to a botnet. Fifty-seven percent of infected machines are located in the U...

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Apple releases Java updates for OS X 10.7 and 10.6

Apple has released two updates that address Java security and compatibility in OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Java for OS X Lion Update 1 is 62.53 MB and "delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29" according to its support document. Ja...

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Software Update: Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 5, Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 has just been updated to Update 5, and a visit to Software Update will bring the latest and greatest version of Java to your Mac. If you're still using Leopard, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 is now at Update 10. According to the release notes, "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update ...

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Apple releases Java updates for Leopard and Snow Leopard

Apple today released Java updates for for Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 4 weighs in at 74 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later; it "delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_24." Java for M...

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TUAW's Daily App: Movie Triangles

Movie Triangles is a fun Java game where you connect movie stars and their films in a Sierpinski triangle-style grid. Developer Jim Blackler originally had the idea to create a trivia game made up of information straight from Wikipedia, and Movie Triangles is what that idea eventually became. It's ...

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Java isn't dead on OS X as Apple contributes to OpenJDK

Were you worried about Apple's commitment to Java? Today's press release from Cupertino may make you feel a little better. It seems Oracle (who bought Sun and thus Java back in 2009) and Apple are going to support the OpenJDK project going forward. You can read the full press release below, but the ...

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Security alert: New Trojan Horse apps said to attack the Mac

Some security mavens have long theorized that as the Mac becomes more popular, we'd start to see malware that would start targeting the platform. Sure enough, this morning's crop of email blasts from PR firms included a few notices of trojans that are affecting Mac users. First, from SecureMac, come...

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Apple quietly deprecates OS X's factory-fitted Java

In an announcement on, Apple states that "As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated." It now seems likely that OS X 10.7 will not have a Java install built into the OS, although t...

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