Macs and Anti-virus – and a Trojan warning

By Ross Madden
Published on April 9, 2012 1:10 pm MT
Updated on April 13, 2012 8:34 am MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Security News

UPDATE: Apple Software Update (top left Apple Menu -> Software Update) now has a patch for the Flashback malware – it will appear as something similar to ‘Java for OS X 2012-003’ – Be sure to run software update to protect yourself from this vulnerability!

SUBNET MANAGER LIST MESSAGE FROM ACNS BELOW

CSU has begun to see infections of Mac OS X, of the kind talked about in a variety of recent news stories, including this blog post about the “Fakeflash/Flashback” Trojan from the New York Times last Friday:  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/widespread-computer-virus-indicates-mac-users-no-longer-safe/ .

Apple describes the Java-based vulnerability here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5228 and has produced a patch which should be applied as soon as possible, ideally through regular application of Apple Software Update. The Symantec client for Mac is available for purchase at RamTech for CSU-owned computers, and for free download from the ACNS web site for personally owned computers.

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