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Windows 7: Doctor Web exposes 550,000 strong Mac botnet


04 Apr 2012   #1

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Doctor Web exposes 550,000 strong Mac botnet

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Doctor Web—the Russian anti-virus vendor—conducted a research to determine the scale of spreading of Trojan BackDoor.Flashback that infects computers running Mac OS X. Now BackDoor.Flashback botnet encompasses more than 550 000 infected machines, most of which are located in the United States and Canada. This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X.
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04 Apr 2012   #2
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And I thought Macs were so secure they need no security software.
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05 Apr 2012   #3

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This will wake up mac users in denial.
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05 Apr 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
This will wake up mac users in denial.
No, it won't.

It "ought" to. But it won't...
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05 Apr 2012   #5

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I know a Mac worshiper, and he'd pick it apart by telling us it's not a true infection because it requires the user to click on something, etc. Blah, blah, blah. In his mind, it's still not an issue. I think 500,000 other OSX users would disagree. A Guy
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05 Apr 2012   #6

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MAC users will say that even if 1 or 2 things come along once in awhile, it's not like Windows where we have hundreds, thousands and millions of problems every single day.
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05 Apr 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
And I thought Macs were so secure they need no security software.
That's what I thought, also.
It just goes to show that no OS is impervious.
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05 Apr 2012   #8

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How secure are the Chomebooks then? I don't know of any AV's that run on that thing if it's even possible.
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05 Apr 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
This will wake up mac users in denial.
No, it won't.

It "ought" to. But it won't...
So true. Mac users make me angry

Watch this Mac OSX user get hit by BackDoor.Flashback:

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05 Apr 2012   #10

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Both Windows and MAC OS are operating systems that have exploitable bugs. Because the hackers focused more on Windows and less to none on MAC OS due to various reasons doesn't mean that the MAC operating system is invincible.

Any piece of software can be exploitable if enough people focus on trying to exploit it.
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