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Flashback OS X malware estimated to generate creators $10,000 per day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Flashback OS X virus generates $10K per day

The “Flashback” virus that originated on a series of WordPress blogs and went on to infected more than 600,000 Mac computers last month may have generated its creators thousands of dollars each day. According to antivirus software firm Symantec, the Flashback malware has been generating revenue for its authors by hijacking users’ ad clicks, and due to the widespread nature of the infection, the authors could have been generating up to $10,000 per day. “Flashback specifically targets search queries made on Google and, depending on the search query, may redirect users to another page of the attacker’s choosing, where they receive revenue from the click,” the firm explained, adding that Google never receives the intended ad click. Symantec notes that ad-clicking Trojans are nothing new and a botnet of 25,000 infections could generate an author up to $450 per day.

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Though risks are minimal, one in five Mac computers found to contain Windows malware

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Security firm Sophos on Tuesday indicated that a surprisingly high level of malware has been found on Mac computers — the firm’s research revealed that one in every five Mac computers is harboring some kind of Windows malware. Of the 100,000 customers sampled through Sophos’s antivirus offerings, 20% of users were found to be carrying one or more instances of Windows malware. The firm highlighted that Windows malware on a Mac won’t cause any harm, however, unless the computer also runs a Windows partition in addition to OS X. The company’s research found that just 2.7% of Macs that installed the company’s free anti-virus software were infected by OS X malware. Nearly all of the OS X malware discovered was an iteration of the “Flashback” trojan called “Flshplyr.” Sophos said that cybercriminals may find Macs to be targets because OS X users are less likely to be running an anti-virus software, however Macs can get viruses and the right software can keep a user’s computer safe. A second pie chart follows below.

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Second Mac trojan discovered, also exploits Java vulnerability

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The “Flashback” trojan virus affecting at least 600,000 Macs was discovered last week that is capable of intercepting passwords and other private data. The discovery prompted Apple to release a Java update for OS X users that removed a number of common variants of the virus. Securelist on Saturday found another Mac trojan that is also spread through Java exploits, however. The malware, called Backdoor.OSX.SabPub, can take screenshots of a user’s current session, execute commands on an infected machine and connect to a remote website to transmit the data. It is not clear how users get infected with the trojan, but because of the low number of instances and the trojan’s backdoor functionality, Securelist speculates that it is most likely used in targeted attacks, possibly launched through emails containing a URL pointing to two one of websites hosting the exploit.

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Apple issues Flashback removal tool for 10.7 Lion systems not running Java

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Apple issues Flashback removal tool for 10.7 Lion systems not running Java

The Flashback OS X trojan continues to cast a rainy shadow over Mac owners’ sense of security, and even though a fix has been released, this was only for what Apple considered “the most common variants.” Users of Lion, who don’t have Java installed, weren’t included in that initial run, but there is a new removal tool just for them. So, if you’re running 10.7 and never installed Oracle’s virtual machine, make sure you point your browser at the source link below.

Apple issues Flashback removal tool for 10.7 Lion systems not running Java originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple releases removal tool for ‘Flashback’ malware

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Apple on Thursday released Java update for OS X that removes a number of common variants of the Flashback trojan virus. Discovered last week to have infected more than 600,000 Mac computers, Flashback is a trojan that is capable of intercepting sensitive data and transmitting it back to an attacker. Security experts at F-Secure published instructions on how to manually detect and remove the malware, but Apple’s new Java update will handle the process automatically. The update, Java for OS X Lion 2012-003, is available for download immediately from within Apple’s integrated OS X software update utility.

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Apple publishes support page for Flashback malware, is working on a fix

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Apple publishes support page for Flashback malware, is working on a fix

After the Flashback / Flashfake Mac trojan was exposed by Russian site Dr. Web, Apple has finally responded by publishing a support page about the issue and promising a fix. If you haven’t heard by now, the malware exploits a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine, which Oracle pushed a fix for back in February, but Apple didn’t patch until a botnet consisting of as many as 650,000 Macs was identified on March 4th. Antivirus maker Kaspersky has confirmed the earlier findings, and released a free tool affected users can run to remove the trojan from their computers. Other than the update already delivered for computers running OS 10.6 and 10.7 Apple recommends users on 10.5 and earlier disable Java in their browser preferences. What isn’t mentioned however, is when its fix is incoming or any timetable on its efforts with international ISPs to cut off the IP addresses used by the network. This is not the first time Macs have fallen prey to malware and as their market share grows will likely not be the last, so don’t think just opting for OS X is automatically keeping you a step ahead security-wise. Check the links below for more information about what the malware does, and how to get rid of it.

Apple publishes support page for Flashback malware, is working on a fix originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NetZero launches ’4G’ wireless service, we go hands-on

Monday, March 19th, 2012
NetZero launches '4G' wireless service, we go hands-on

Remember NetZero? Today the company announced that it’s launching NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, a wireless service rolling out in 80 US cities and offering value-priced monthly data plans without activation fees, contracts, commitments or overage charges. Customers can chose between two levels of service — Lightspeed (up to 1Mbps down / 384Kbps up) to conserve data and Warpspeed (up to 10Mbps down / 1.5Mbps up) for maximum performance — and can switch back and forth by simply logging into NetZero’s website (this can take up to 15 minutes). Five monthly data plans are available:

  • Free, $0, 200MB (limited to Lighspeed and limited to one year)
  • Basic, $9.95, 500MB (limited to Lighspeed)
  • Plus, $19.95, 1GB
  • Pro, $34.95, 2GB
  • Platinum, $49.95, 4GB

Two devices are offered — the NetZero 4G Stick ($49.95 + shipping) is a Windows and OS X-compatible USB modem and the NetZero 4G Hotspot ($99.95 + shipping) is an eight device-capable WiFi hotspot with an LCD and a 2200mAh battery.

So far, so good — NetZero is becoming an MVNO. Yet strangely, there’s no mention in any of the PR as to which network the company is using. We test drove NetZero’s new wireless service over the weekend using the WiFi hotspot and figured out that it’s using Clearwire‘s WiMAX network. In fact NetZero’s 4G Stick is identical to the Clear 4G Mobile USB modem (manufactured by Ubee), and its 4G Hotspot is the same as the Clear Spot Apollo (a rather bulky unit made by Gemtek)– see the FCC links below and read on for our impressions after the break.

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NetZero launches ’4G’ wireless service, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Apple on Friday released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 to OS X developers. According to TheNextWeb, the Cupertino-based company also posted an extensive list of known issues and bugs within the latest operating system. This second OS X 10.8 release comes exactly one month after Apple announced Mountain Lion, introducing developers to iMessage on Mac computers, a new Notification Center, Game Center integration, AirPlay mirroring, enhanced iCloud support and a number of redesigned apps.

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Sparrow launches email client for iOS with gorgeous UI, no push notifications [video]

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Sparrow’s desktop email client for OS X includes a great UI and a number of great features such as multiple accounts, a unified inbox and a user-friendly layout. The company on Thursday brought those same attributes to Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with the release of its much anticipated iOS app. Much like the desktop version, Sparrow’s mobile app features a simple, Facebook-like design that is light, responsive and easy on the eyes. The iOS app supports iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and other IMAP services, however it does not support POP accounts or push notifications. “If Sparrow was to do Push today, we would have to store your credentials (login/password) on our servers to frequently poll your accounts, and send you notifications,” the company said. “This is a responsibility we’re not ready to take. As a startup focused on iOS/OS X development, we do not have the skills to secure your data on our servers and we do not want to put sensitive information at risk. That’s why Sparrow iPhone 1.0 doesn’t do push.” Sparrow’s mobile app requires iOS 5 and can be had for $2.99 in Apple’s App Store. A video of Sparrow’s new iOS app follows below.

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Mari0, an amazing mashup of Super Mario Bros. and Portal, is now available for free [video]

Monday, March 5th, 2012

One of the most beloved video games in history has been refreshed in a new mashup that gaming fans of all shapes and sizes need to download immediately. The title is “Mari0″ and simply stated, it’s Super Mario Brothers meets Portal. Game developer Maurice Guegan is the man behind Mari0, and he built the title from the ground up. It features a start to finish recreation of Nintendo’s original Super Mario Brothers game, adds a portal gun that shoots portals through which Mario can travel as in the popular PC game “Portal,” and mixes in a 4-player cooperative mode along with several additional features. The result is an addictive game that does a better job adding a new twist to an old classic than anything we’ve seen in recent history. Mari0 is free and open source, and it is available immediately for Windows, OS X and Linux PCs. A trailer video follows below, as does a link to a download that will ensure your Monday is completely unproductive.

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OS X Mountain Lion to be download-only, USB stick going the way of the dodo

Friday, February 17th, 2012
OS X Mountain Lion to be Mac App Store exclusive, USB stick going the way of the dodo

Last time around, Apple was cognizant not everyone has broadband to download a 4GB OS, offering solace to those with slow internet with a (pricey $69) USB stick alternative. Times change though, as Cupertino’s confirmed to Pocket-lint that the recently unveiled OS X Mountain Lion won’t be offered with a physical counterpart. Apple’s reasoning? “It was an interesting test, but it turns out the App Store was just fine for getting the new OS.” So there’s that. High time you took the plunge and upgraded to broadband apparently, or contemplated moving within the vicinity of an Apple Retail Store’s willing WiFi. That or you could just buy a new machine. Your call.

OS X Mountain Lion to be download-only, USB stick going the way of the dodo originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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OS X Messages: This Is the Future of IM [Video]

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
AIM, Gchat, FaceTime, and iMessage—too many ways to communicate between too many different devices. Not anymore. The new Messages app—available as a beta from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion—fixes that. This is how our fingers will talk now. More »


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OS X Messages: This Is the Future of IM [Video]

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
AIM, Gchat, FaceTime, and iMessage—too many ways to communicate between too many different devices. Not anymore. The new Messages app—available as a beta from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion—fixes that. This is how our fingers will talk now. More »


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Apple drops the ‘Mac’ from OS X Lion, Mountain Lion

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Clearly, cats are in. But Mac, it seems, is out. Apple has quietly dropped the Mac name from its latest OS X Mountain Lion operating system, while also retroactively changing the Lion branding on its website. While it’s clearly a marketing move and won’t affect the user experience, it looks like Cupertino is further defining the line between hardware and software — Mac is hardware, OS X is software, and that’s the end of that. Apple purists will need to download the developer preview of Lion to see the change reflected on the OS side of things, though that could always change with 10.7.4. Hit up the source link to see for yourself.

Apple drops the ‘Mac’ from OS X Lion, Mountain Lion originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Was Working On Porting OS X to ARM Processors [Apple]

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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