Security Firm: Botnet Affects Mass Amount of Macs

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Macintosh systems, commonly regarded for their ability to stay virus free may not be so immune after all. On Wednesday, antivirus firm Doctor Web provided details of a botnet that the company says is currently affecting over 550 thousand Macintosh computers.

The virus is known as BackDoor.Flashback.39 and infects systems through exploits made available from website redirections. Websites liable for causing harm contain altered JavaScript.

“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,” explained Doctor Web in a blog post regarding the matter.

The company also noted regional infections of the virus with majority of them (56.6%) residing inside the United States. Meanwhile, Doctor Web also said that there were two versions of the virus which were spread.

Botnets have cause considerable damage to online users. Just last month, tech giant Microsoft revealed that it had shut down servers in the U.S. states of Illinois and Pennsylvania responsible for operating the infamous Zeus Botnet. For more information regarding the findings by Doctor Web, view the company’s blog post here (news.drweb.com).

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