Apple Mac’s are far from immune to Internet viruses as some experts have believed .Dr.Web claims that over 550,000+ computers are now currently infected with a nasty trojan horse virus called “Flashback.”
Apple only patched the vulnerability this week, around a month after hackers began spreading the BackDoor.Flashback.39 trojan, with most infected Macs located in the United States and Canada.
The Flashback Trojan was discovered in August of last year. The malware masquerades as a Flash Player update, but when executed it exploits a flaw in Java to infect the system and make it part of a Mac botnet.
It is being recommended that people with Mac Computers disable or remove Java, since many users do not need it. A patch is also available for people who need Java on their Apple computer.
To protect your computer from contracting the virus now, download Apple’s latest software update,Click the Apple logo located in the top-left section of the desktop and select Software Update. Install all of the available updates as soon as possible.
The infected websites listed by the company are mainly in the .nu domain (assigned to the island state of Niue), ranging from URLs related to movies and TV streaming services to a domain called Gangstasparadise.
This is now the second major virus to hit Apple computers in the last two years. SEE ALSO: Find Out if Your Mac Has the Flashback Trojan — the Fast and Easy Way