Another Flashback Variant – 2nd in two days!

Hey Mac users who still haven’t taken the hint and update your systems’ security there’s yet another version of the Flashback Trojan for you to enjoy.

It infects unprotected Macs in the same way Flashback.K did, through a Java applet exploit, and installs itself without the need of your password.
And, just as its predecessor, Flashback.K erases its footprints by deleting the Java cache and ensures its propagation by installing into the Java Update folder. You can read more here.

Apple released a Java patch in early April, as well as a Flashback removal tool, but clearly not all Mac users patched.

But many Mac users don’t even qualify for the patch—it was only available to systems running OS X 10.6 (from 2009) and later. Mac users running OS X v.10.5 and earlier were advised to disable Java altogether. WTF!! However, it’s quite possible that many users of these older systems just didn’t get the memo and are still running insecure software.

Here is F-Secure’s site that has the checker and removal tool. Check that out too. And please update your systems folks.

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