Apple Works on Flashback Malware Detection Tool

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Following a report from security firm Doctor Web earlier this month indicating that a botnet was possibly effecting up to 550 thousand Macintosh computers, tech giant Apple released a patch intended to correct the vulnerability on systems.

Despite that, a recent post made available on support.apple.com indicated that the company was working on software that would assist users with detecting and removing the virus as well.

The Flashback malware virus infects users’ systems by redirecting them to websites containing infected JavaScript. When discussing the malware earlier this month, Doctor Web stated, “The exploit saves an executable file onto the hard drive of the infected Mac machine. The file is used to download malicious payload from a remote server and to launch it.”

While Apple’s detection tool is not yet available, there is one particular way to keep your system safe from becoming infected. Apple says that in your web browser, you can simply disable Java. To view the company’s recent statement regarding the matter, visit support.apple.com.

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