HT5244: About Flashback malwareLearn about About Flashback malware
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to jpcguy89)
To answer the question in the title of your message: False.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 4:39 PM (in response to jpcguy89)
The author of that article was not even remotely implying that Apple had released a "placebo." You are putting words in his mouth that he did not say.
What the author was saying was that the release of Apple's updates that remove Flashback are seemingly not having an effect on the number of infected machines. However, there are a couple points to consider relating to that:
- The vulnerabilities initially used by Flashback had been fixed by Apple updates that were released long before the outbreak. The fact that anyone got infected by those initial variants at all is revealing. Many people don't install updates. And it stands to reason that if you didn't install those updates months ago, you probably haven't installed the Flashback removal update either.
- None of these counts are anything but very rough estimates. They may be counting different variants, which means comparing counts isn't very meaningful. And they're all probably low. The number of infected Macs is almost certainly dropping, but due to issues like the one mentioned in #1, it will take a very long time for it to drop to an insignificant number.