500,000+ MACS Reportedly Infected With Trojan Virus

Who says MACS can't get viruses! Thanks to a well-documented flaw that Apple didn't patch for three months, a nasty piece of malware called Mac Flashback and BackDoor.Flashback.39 seems to have infected nearly 600,000 Macs worldwide! "Systems get infected with BackDoor.Flashback.39 after a user is redirected to a bogus site from a compromised resource or via a traffic distribution system,” the company said in a press release. “JavaScript code is used to load a Java-applet containing an exploit. Doctor Web's virus analysts discovered a large number of web-sites containing the code.”

Most of the infected machines are in the U.S. and Canada. While Apple users have long thought their machines were virtually invulnerable to virus and worm threats, the harsh truth is that most threats were aimed at Windows machines simply because there are so many more of them. With Apple taking a bigger market share, it becomes a more attractive target.

Russian software firm says the malware can give hackers control of users' computers

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