First Serious Mac Infection: Flashback Trojan
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Up until now Mac owners have been relatively safe (and smug) when it came to the infectability of their computers. Worms, trojans, viruses, and other malware were considered to be primarily the domain of Windows. That may have changed last week, however, when the Russian security company, Dr. Web, reported that as many as a half a million Macs are already infected with what is being called the “Flashback Trojan”. Here’s how to know if you have Flashback Trojan, and how to get rid of Flashback Trojan.

Now, the Flashback trojan has actually been around since last year, but this is the first report of it being so widespread. According to Dr. Web, more than half of the infected Macs are in the United States, with 20 percent being in Canada.


The vector for the Flashback trojan was (is) a vulnerability in Java, for which Apple sent out an update last week (so be sure to install your updates!)

To determine whether your Mac is infected, you will need to follow the instructions provided by F-Secure, a link to which is at the end of this article.

Learn how to tell whether your Mac is infected with the Flashback trojan here.

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A tip of the hat to colleague Jake Ludington for bringing this to our attention!

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