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Second Security Firm Finds Massive Mac Infection


Second Security Firm Finds Massive Mac InfectionBy Antone Gonsalves, CRN April 09, 2012 3:53 PM ET A second Russian security firm has confirmed that 600,000 Apple NSDQ:AAPL Macs have been infected with Java-exploiting malware, an indication that cyber-criminals are turning their attention toward stealing personal data from Mac users. Kaspersky Lab said Monday that its analysis of a massive botnet distributing the Flashback malware found that more than 98 percent of the infected systems were running a version of Mac OS X, which is only available on Apple-made computers. Kaspersky found more than 600,000 computers had been compromised. The company confirmed what another Russian-based security vendor called Dr. Web reported last week. Dr. Web found roughly the same number of infected Macs in the Flashback botnet that was growing mostly in the United States and Canada. Security experts have warned for some time that Macs are not any more secure than Windows PCs. While many Mac users believe they are safer against malware, the reality is cyber-criminals have chosen in the past to go after the far larger number of Windows PCs. However, Apple market share gains over the last few years have changed the dynamics. Kaspersky estimates there are more than 100 million Mac OS X users globally. “We expect future threats to arise%2

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