8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2012 6:45 PM by MadMacs0
nathanielfromca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is this due to the virus that struck over a million Mac Users and caused corruption in their Mac Books? Would like some feedback on this, as Apple did not annouce to my knowledge the fact that millons f compters were affected by this so called Java software update.... where can we get proper, factual info?


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,520 points)

    Yes, it's due to the Malware (not a virus) that was reported. The malware removal tool is built-in to the lastest security update. Millions of computers weren't effected. It was a small percentage.

  • 2. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (34,510 points)

    Hello:

     

    If you search these forums, you find numerous discussions about the topic.  Incidentally, you used the term "virus." There are no viruses that affect a Mac running OS X - none.

     

    Apple released a software update on 4/13 that is supposed to address the malware you mentioned.  I do not know of any software developer that will "announce" anything regarding malware until a "fix" is developed - should one be required.

     

    Barry

  • 3. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,735 points)

    macjack wrote:

     

    Millions of computers weren't effected.

    It would appear that nobody really knows Flashback Mac Infection Rates Underestimated.

  • 4. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,520 points)

    Be careful with their statistics, they are in the security software business...

  • 5. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,985 points)

    On the one hand, I've always thought that the counts were inaccurate, and only included a subset of all infections.  I'm pretty sure Intego is right.

     

    On the other, though, I've been watching what Intego has been writing on their blog and tweeting the last few weeks, and it's a constant flood of fear-mongering.  Especially some of the third-party articles they've been retweeting, some of which have expressed the thinly-veiled sentiment that they're glad Mac users are having to deal with malware.  I've lost a lot of respect for Intego lately.

  • 6. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,735 points)

    > Be careful with their statistics, they are in the security software business..

     

    Note that I did not say anything about believing their statistics.

     

    But, if forced to bet, based on what I've read and experienced here over the past few weeks, I'd have to go with under estimated.

  • 7. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,205 points)

    MadMacs0 wrote:

     

    > Be careful with their statistics, they are in the security software business..

     

    Note that I did not say anything about believing their statistics.

     

    But, if forced to bet, based on what I've read and experienced here over the past few weeks, I'd have to go with under estimated.

    Be careful with the statistics here also, it is a troubleshooting site. You won't any positive reports from the millions of other Mac users around the world. If the posts here were an absolute reflection of Apple, they would have gone broke years ago.

     

    Good Luck

     

    Pete

  • 8. Re: FlashBack Malware ??
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,735 points)

    petermac87 wrote:

     

    Be careful with the statistics here also, it is a troubleshooting site. You won't any positive reports from the millions of other Mac users around the world. If the posts here were an absolute reflection of Apple, they would have gone broke years ago.

    Yes, I didn't word that very well. I should have said what I have read elsewhere (e.g. Russian security firm says Flashback infection rates still high as updated) and experienced here....

     

    Most of us troubleshooters are out of breath and staying up late with what has been happening since the end of March. I'm equally busy with one of my real jobs and answering questions on some of the e-mail lists I subscribe to, focused on all this.