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Oracle issued a patch for the vulnerabilities used by Flashback on February 17, but updates weren’t made available to Mac users until April 2. This means that hackers had six weeks to discover the vulnerability in Java and begin exploiting it with Flashback before Apple rolled out updates to its users. And it’s this delay that has resulted in over 650,000 compromised Mac system and the creation of one of the largest botnets on the planet...

...Think Apple’s got your back? Think again!

Full article HERE

Over 2 percent (source) of macs have been infected, which begs the question, Why did Apple take so long to patch a vulnerability in their so called "More Resistant to attack" (source) OS?

Taking six weeks to patch a vulnerability? I thought Apple was all about Mac being "secure" and 'less prone to infection'?

You would think with the iOS 4.3 JavaScript exploit that allowed unsigned code to run in an innocent looking application that Apple would do the smart thing and leave Java patching to Oracle. But Apple prefers to do their own patching and versions which is apparently their own downfall.(Source Paragraph 4)

My take: I expect this to become a trend as more naive Windows users jump ship onto macs, mainly for their supposedly "easier to use" interface (that argument is dubious and opinionated) but more on the misinformed, misguided, and constantly perpetuated fallacy that is "Mac's can't get viruses".

Your mileage may vary, no mac hate included. *mr

Edit: Kapersky confirms over 98% of the 600,000 systems were detected to be MacOS systems.

Source: SecureList
Edited by MediaRocker - 4/10/12 at 1:43am
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I think what happens is that in order to instill more functionality, Macs have to get a little" harder to use". In short, you need to take more care of them now. Do the updates and such to keep viruses and malware from attacking them. It's the same with a windows PC, take care of it and do updates and you're fine.

Apple really should have pushed that update sooner but I think that even the people at Apple think that "Macs can't get a virus"
Edited by Benladesh - 4/9/12 at 11:48pm
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Apple does tend to have a history of not patching promptly. They tend to practise "obscurity is security" way of thinking.
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Hopefully someone sticks it too them... biggrin.gif
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To go further, Kapersky has confirmed that over 98% of the 600,000 infected machines were heuristically determined to be MacOS systems.

Source: SecureList
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To go further, Kapersky has confirmed that over 98% of the 600,000 infected machines were heuristically determined to be MacOS systems.

Source: SecureList

What other systems were they?
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What other systems were they?

According to the post, Kapersky did not bother identifying the 1.59% of other systems.

I'd expect still unpatched versions of Java on Windows to be the culprit.
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Interesting.

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Deception at its finest. wink.gif
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1. Users should have had Antivirus - How is this Aples fault?

2. Why is Apple being blamed for a flaw in Java? That update comes from java.com no?

EDIT: "But Apple prefers to do their own patching and versions which is apparently their own downfall."

Fair enough then
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