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[FB] Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections

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Boris Sharov, chief executive of the Moscow-based security Dr. Web says he learned Monday from the Russian Web registrar Reggi.ru that Apple had requested the registrar shut down one of its domains, which Apple said was being used as a “command and control” server for the hundreds of thousands of PCs infected with Flashback.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/04/09/apple-snubs-firm-who-discovered-mac-botnet-tries-to-cut-off-its-server-monitoring-infections/
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Would have been surprised if Apple's response had been anything less than a potent mix of desperate and retarded. They'd censor any news about Mac malware from the web if they had the power.
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Not surprised. Just like apple to bury this news.....

Fits in well with their tactic to sue any and every competitor that dares challenge the almighty apple. Soon they'll be suing people for refusing to buy their terrible products lol.



Edit: changed so as not to offend the thin skinned among us.
Edited by G3RG - 4/11/12 at 12:13am
 
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For all we know the people who "discovered" the threat are the source. I know most of the scareware "antivirus" crap I keep having to cleanse off my fathers computer comes from russia, perhaps this is the same sort of thing.

Then again it is apple lol. Deny deny deny!
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For all we know the people who "discovered" the threat are the source. I know most of the scareware "antivirus" crap I keep having to cleanse off my fathers computer comes from russia, perhaps this is the same sort of thing.
Then again it is apple lol. Deny deny deny!

Dr. Web is a very legitimate company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Web
 
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For all we know the people who "discovered" the threat are the source. I know most of the scareware "antivirus" crap I keep having to cleanse off my fathers computer comes from russia, perhaps this is the same sort of thing.
Then again it is apple lol. Deny deny deny!

Um Dr. Web is one of the first internet security companies.


IMHO they are MORE legitimate in the security business than APPLE is thats for darned sure.
 
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Typical of Apple, they are probably crying now that their "almighty" Macs are no longer invincible.

The only Mac I've ever had was a Big Mac from McD's.
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Just for those who don't read the main article...
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Sharov believes that Apple’s attempt to shut down its monitoring server was an honest mistake. But it’s a symptom of the company’s typically tight-lipped attitude. In fact, Sharov says that since Dr. Web first contacted Apple to share its findings about the unprecedented Mac-based botnet, it hasn’t received a response. “We’ve given them all the data we have,” he says. “We’ve heard nothing from them until this.”

I’ve contacted Apple for comment, but haven’t yet heard back from the company either.

In Apple’s defense, it may not have recognized Dr. Web as a credible security firm when the company contacted Apple earlier this month–I hadn’t heard of the firm either until its discovery and analysis of the Flashback botnet. But the better-known security firm Kaspersky confirmed Dr. Web’s findings on Friday. A Kaspersky representative said it hadn’t contacted Apple with its findings and hadn’t had any direct communication with Apple, and Kaspersky researcher Kurt Baumgartner wrote in a statement that “from what we’ve seen, Apple is taking appropriate action by working with the larger internet security community to shut down the Flashfake [also known as Flashback] C2 domains. Apple works vigorously to protect its brand and wants to rectify this.” Kaspersky wouldn’t offer more details on how Apple is working with the security community.
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Just for those who don't read the main article...
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Sharov believes that Apple’s attempt to shut down its monitoring server was an honest mistake. But it’s a symptom of the company’s typically tight-lipped attitude. In fact, Sharov says that since Dr. Web first contacted Apple to share its findings about the unprecedented Mac-based botnet, it hasn’t received a response. “We’ve given them all the data we have,” he says. “We’ve heard nothing from them until this.”
I’ve contacted Apple for comment, but haven’t yet heard back from the company either.
In Apple’s defense, it may not have recognized Dr. Web as a credible security firm when the company contacted Apple earlier this month–I hadn’t heard of the firm either until its discovery and analysis of the Flashback botnet. But the better-known security firm Kaspersky confirmed Dr. Web’s findings on Friday. A Kaspersky representative said it hadn’t contacted Apple with its findings and hadn’t had any direct communication with Apple, and Kaspersky researcher Kurt Baumgartner wrote in a statement that “from what we’ve seen, Apple is taking appropriate action by working with the larger internet security community to shut down the Flashfake [also known as Flashback] C2 domains. Apple works vigorously to protect its brand and wants to rectify this.” Kaspersky wouldn’t offer more details on how Apple is working with the security community.

I very much read the entire article. I don't believe it's a mistake at all... it's just like Apple to ignore warnings from a reputable anti-virus source and then straight up attack that reputable source and attempt to bury the truth.
 
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