Apple develops tool to remove and detect flashback trojans

Apple has said it is developing a tool to detect and remove flashback trojans that is said to affect more than half a million mac computers.
It is said to be working with internet service providers to disrupt the command network being used by hackers to exploit the malware.Trojans are infections  that can expose computers to control of hackers.
In a message posted in Apple’s website’s support section,the company said it had fixed a “Java security flaw for systems running OS X v10.7 and Mac OS X v 10.6.
Two security updates were released eight weeks after java ‘s developers oracle issued a fix for another computer system.
It suggested users of macs running earlier version of it system  software  should disable java in their web browser preferences.
In addition apple said its working with Internet service providers to shut down a network of servers hosted by the malware  authors,which the code known as flashback relies on to perform many of its critical functions.
Traditionally Apple has promoted the fact that its macintosh line is largely free from viruses and other similar threats due to the fact that almost all malicious software is designed to exploit computers running microsoft windows.
“mac has said for a long time that they are not vulnerable to PC malware which is true ;they are vulnerable to mac malware”
The security firm F-secure has posted detailed instructions about how to confirm if a machine is infected and how to manually remove the Trojan.

April 12, 2012 6:35 pm