It has long been thought that the Apple Mac doesn’t get infected like IBM-clone personal computers do, but now there’s a Trojan Flashback virus on the loose after it found a loophole in a Java Script program.
Flashback is an old malware virus that can turn a computer into a bot. Russian security firm Dr. Web reports more than 600,000 Macs are infected and part of a sophisticated Botnet that was started last week.
Apple has issued a patch to thwart anymore computers from getting infected, and instructions on how to diagnose and repair one that may be believed to already be infected.
The most damage that may come from the virus though is the misconception Apple has but out there, that their computers are untouchable when it come to viruses.
“Despite what Apple’s marketing department would have you believe, Macs are not invulnerable to attacks and malware targeting OS X does exist”, security consultant Adrian Sanabria explains. “Our main takeaway from [Flashback] should be that many Mac users have been lured into a false sense of security, and will be, or may already be, in for a rude awakening”.
According to Dr. Web, the 57 percent of the infected Macs are located in the US and 20 percent are in Canada.
Apple suggests that if you have not done a Software update lately you do so immediately to protect your Mac computer.