Hackers infecting Mac computers with virus
Around the time that Apple unleashed the Power Mac G5 in 2003, there was an air of invincibility to computer virus infection coming from Apple and its customers. At that point, Apple had about 3% market share in personal computing, and most of that number either either creative professionals (editors, graphic artists, etc.) or college students. All of that began to change with the introduction of the Apple iPod, a product that put Apple back in the public consciousness.
Anyone who bought a Mac from the late ’90s to about 2005 will wax nostalgic about the advantages of having a computer that simply was not a bullseye for hackers. That is not to say that Macs are virus-ridden these days, only that users were secure in the notion that hacking was usually witnessed upon PC operating systems.
Now, however, AFP reports that 600,000 Mac computers have been infected with Flashback Trojan malware, spotted by Finland-based computer security firm F-Secure and then verified by Russian anti-virus program vendor Dr. Web. Flashback disguises itself as an Adobe Flash Player installer, which users are tricked into downloading, thus exposing critical passwords and account information to the botnet.
As common sense should dictate, don’t download or click on any files or emails from unknown sources. Keep in mind that Mac regularly updates its virus protection, so there isn’t a great need for purchasing additional anti-virus software.
Below is a graphic of the Flasbback Trojan distribution across the globe.