The Flashback Malware that jeopardized nearly 600,000 Mac computers in late March stole a lot of Money from Google too. According to a Symantec report, the Flashback Malware exploited a Java software flaw that redirected Google Ads to sites determined by hackers; Symantec says, the hackers could have made nearly $10,000 per day from this act.
A Russian security firm, Dr. Web also did some work on this Flashback variant and segmented the infected Mac computers on the basis of operating system that it was running. The researchers found out that 60 percent of infected machines ran Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, about 25 percent ran Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (not supported by Apple, anymore) and nearly 11 percent ran the latest Mac OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion.
But don’t let the considerably small infection share of Mountain Lion fool you; back in 2009, Apple had recognized Java’s dodgy nature and had therefore removed Java from the default Mac OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion installation.
It’s kind of strange that Apple promotes its Mac computer line-up with one major tagline – “No viruses, no worries.” But in reality, it’s not like that, Mac computers does get infected by Malware, and of all sorts, perhaps.
Back in 2009, Microsoft recognized that Mac computers were vulnerable to ‘Office for Mac flaw’ and released a patch to solve that issue; apparently, the latest version of Mac OS X seems to be prone to this flaw; Microsoft says, Lion’s NX (non-executable memory) feature is responsible for that because it doesn’t allow Office for Mac modified while it’s running.
On the whole, the thing that you should understand is that Mac computers can get infected by Malware and therefore it is not a bad idea to either purchase anti-malware software for your Mac or update your computer to the latest version possible.
[source Security News Daily]