I'm going to start by referring you back to the opening line of my blog Macs can be infected AND be carriers of malware where I said, "Yes, Macs CAN be infected. Period." That was Mar. 21, 2012 (16 days ago). Today, even the staunchest of "Macs can't get viruses." believers find themselves staring into the eyes of a colossal 620,000+ gorilla of an "I told you so."
Here's the executive summary:
A Trojan is a computer infection that enters your computer by pretending to be something else. In this case, Flashback pretends to be an update for the Adobe Flash Player. Reports started 4 days ago and were confirmed today - Fri., Apr. 6, 2012 - by Kaspersky Labs. The full report is here: http://goo.gl/6zLzv.
Using some complex reverse engineering techniques, the smarties at Kaspersky Labs watched as 620,000+ unique computers logged into the pretend Flashback mother-server they created. They know the count is close to accurate because Flashback uses each computer's unique ID in the process. In a nutshell, the breakdown appears to be:
So, let's cut to the chase... what to do? Here we go... step-by-step:
Step #1: Run Apple Software Update.
Step #2: Disable Java in Safari and or Firefox.
Step #3: Determine whether your Mac is infected.
Step #4: What to do if your Mac is NOT infected.
Step #5: What to do if your Mac IS infected.
Until next time!