Roughly 600,000 Macs around the world have been infected with a trojan horse virus named “Flashback”. This virus surfaced last year and is believed to have created a bonnet.
The Russian antivirus company Dr. Web has issued a report recently noting that 550,000 computers running on mac OS X had been infected by BackDoor. Flashback variants of the virus.
An analyst of the company updated the figure to note that the size of the botnet had reached 600,000 and pointed out that 274 bots were originating from Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, California. According to a map released by the firm, 56.6% of the infected computers are located in the United States. Canada was in the second position with 19.8% followed by the UK with 12.8% of cases.
Apple recently released a Java Security update to resolve the vulnerabilities that this virus was exploiting. However, unfortunately the virus had managed to infect a number of Mac users with the malicious software. Oracle first issued a fix for the vulnerability in February but too many people could not utilize this fix.
The Flashback Trojan was first publicized in October with variants of the software even found disabling anti-malware protections within OS X. If you are suspicious that this virus has infected your Mac, researchers at F-Secure have provided instructions on how you can detect and remove the malware from your Mac.