Researchers from Kaspersky Lab recently held a press conference in which they revealed that the number of machines infected by the Flashback Trojan had dropped to just 30,000. That was a number significantly lower than the estimated 600,000 Macs which were said to have been infected at its peak, as well as the 140,000 estimate to have been infected earlier this week.
The presence of the trojan continues to be a headache for Mac users. Thus, Apple released a Java update to rid machines of Flashback. For Mac users without Java installed and those could possibly be harboring a dormant version of the malware, Apple also issued a separate removal tool. Both updates as well as the previous software released by several security firms like Kaspersky have played a big role in protecting users everywhere from the malicious Trojan virus.
According to the researchers at Kaspersky, the Flashback trojan was just a beginning though. They believed that hackers will continue to target the Mac at an increasing rate since Apple gained significant market share in recent years. Also, it is continuing to outgrow the rest of the PC market. Kaspersky officials said:
“Market share brings attacker motivation. Expect more drive-by downloads, more Mac OS X mass-malware. Expect cross-platform exploit kits with Mac-specific exploits.”
Furthermore, another Mac trojan was already recently discovered. This proves that in near future, there can be issues regarding malicious software on the OS X platform.
It is being recommended that users should take advantage of security software and practice safe browsing techniques. Apple’s new Gatekeeper utility would be released in the upcoming OS, Mountain Lion. This technique will definitely help improve the situation as well.
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