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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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