|Sent on:||Monday, April 16, 2012 8:43 AM|
The most serious threat to Apple fans, and Macintosh users is getting behind us. As long as you ensure your systems are up dated with the latest software. Here is an over simplification.
A couple of things. Virus' are software able to self inflict, self replicate. OS-X is not susceptible to any known virus. Flashback is Malware (malicious software), is best description is Trojan Horse. Trojan horse permits someone access to an infected system from the outside. It also attempts to capture your passwords and other credentials.
Flashback has been around, and a minor threat/annoyance to Mac users. Recently Flashback was able to use a vulnerability in the current (and previous versions) of Oracle's Java for Mac. You could become infected without your knowledge, without installing it. Primarily from accessing content on an infected website.
Apple made updated Java available in Software updates. Now the Java update will actually scan, detect and remove the Flashback from an infected system. If you are not infected you will see nothing. If infected you will see a pop up "Your system was infected with XXX. XXX was successfully removed from your system. Would you like to send feedback to Apple?"
Check out this article for more information, About Flashback Malware:
See you at the next meetings. Kevin "Chainmail" Lewis