Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

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  1. scotjimland

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17623422

    More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

    Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet".

    The firm, Dr Web, says that more than half that number are based in the US.

    Apple has released a security update, but users who have not installed the patch remain exposed.

    How to remove the Flashback Malware
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57410096-263/how-to-remove-the-flashback-malware-from-os-x/
     
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    There goes a Mac Myth then he he. :Rofl1:
     
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    yes, I'm afraid it was only a matter of time .. as they become more popular they in turn become more attractive to the hackers. :Sad:

    Over the years there have only been a few attacks on Macs, consequently many users are complacent ...
     
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    that'll upset my sister then, she believes her incredibly expensive mac to be invincible and far superior to my simple pc..
    however, she's always having problems with hers and it's always in the 'shop' being sorted whilst mine keeps going..(should i have said that and tempted fate or should i touch wood, spit, whistle and cross my fingers?) :RollEyes:
     
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    That Russian firm is probably Kaspersy, who just happen to be trying to flog their new Mac anti virus software. Seems it's not selling:Rofl1:
     
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    far from being invincible.. it just wasn't worth the effort to attack a few Macs while there were zillions of Windows machines in use..

    I was an avid Mac user for about 10 years, that is until my last 17" Powerbook gave up the ghost .. just couldn't justify spending almost £2k to replace when I can have an equally good PC for a 1/3 of that .. Windows7 is so good now, I won't go back to Apple.

    In saying that my Dell is back at the mother ship being fixed .. overheating issues .. :cry:
     
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    Why pay three times as much for a pc that is no better , rather get a new one three times as often :Smile:
     
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    So much for over priced fruit machines (as I call them). We have one in the dive centre out here and its rubish.
     
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    down load the security updates

    I tend to check each day for updates..

    I still think MacBook Pro is far better than Dell's I have currently 3 Dells and one Toshiba.. 2 dells run on XP and one dell on 7 and the toshiba on 7... the Toshiba is a buy for my housing work.. cost £500 for a 17" laptop.. flimsy and horrible keys plus for me the hated word 7.. I love XP and the OS on Macs .. (also I have the IPAD)...

    Everything gets attacked sooner or later.. OK plenty of cheap rubbish about in the forms of laptops.. but it is when you use a Mac you notice the difference... rather have one good machine than 3 poorly made plastic items.. At least Apple uses aluminium .. with I see Dell is now copying. There are some good Dell's about but they are not a lot cheaper than a decent Apple.

    Bob
     
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    Just about to buy a new dell. My current one an M90 is 5 or 6 years old and still a good workhorse. I do a lot of video now so want a quad core.

    Getting a Dell X15 with a 1080p screen 4GB of memory Quad Core I7 Sandy bridge, USB 3, +++ £699. £50 to upgrade to 6GB.

    Show me an Apple with that spec at that price and I may move over.

    I do install Linux on anything I get though so not bothered about software just the hardware. The XPS range of laptops are very nice. Admittedly not the design perfect that is the Mac but who cares so long as it works....
     
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    Jim I am gobsmacked! I thought it was more likely that the moon was made of blue cheese than you would ever say that. I need to go and sit down now after that bombshell. :BigGrin:

    Ian
     
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    :Laughing:

    Ian, I say as I find, I'm not one to mince words.. or be sucked in by Apple hype.

    yes I loved my Macs, but don't have Apple shares, so am not beholden or owe any allegiance ..

    Until W7 was released I wouldn't have bought another PC.. times change, 7 is now as good as OS X.

    Years ago Macs were built in California .. now in China so it's not labour costs or indeed components that justify the cost, but you pay dearly for the Apple logo that shines through the lid.. and for many that's what counts when sitting surfing in a Cafe' ... it's all about image.

    :hardhat:
     
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    In my experience Apple users are like born again Christians... wildly happy with their choice which they justify with religious chants ("you don't get viruses" is one of them, "they just work" is another). They also seem to have a manic wish to convert others to their way of thinking and mock those who don't agree with them.

    I wonder if they feel the same today as the Jehovah Witnesses did when the world didn't end?

    Before I got myself a computer (I was a quite a late personal adopter) I was in the Virgin store in London and wandered into the software/games section... in front of me there were shelves and shelves... racks and racks of all sorts of software for a pc stretching into the distance... and over in the far corner was a small, almost cupboard like area with a couple of lonely souls (with shining eyes) gazing lovingly at the two short shelves with Apple stuff on them...

    I had no difficulty in choosing... I don't care which is "best"... (Betamax was better then VHS) I wanted the system that had the most stuff available for it...

    PCs ROOL OK?

    JJ :Cool:

    PS... I do NOT apply the same logic to football teams though...:Wink:
     
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    As a Mac user of many years, I don't agree that Windows 7 is as good as OS X, in fact I think it is archaic by comparison.
    I often get asked by non computer literate friends to sort out their Windows machines when they have messed up, so I have experience of all the current windows systems.

    A virus that infects OS X was, I suppose, inevitable as the Mac became more and more popular, but I don't have it and Apple were quite quick to upgrade security.

    I have had my Macbook for almost 8 years and it still out performs many of my friends latest Windows laptops, in many areas.

    Would I ever change to Windows? I don't think so.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    Of course you would never agree that Windows 7 is as good as OS X, you have a Mac and are therefore blinded to the truth!!:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Have you ever considered the fact that it's you that is deluded and the Mac actually is better than a PC.

    I've used both Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion and 7 just isn't up to the job, it's a wannabe.

    Pete:Cool:

    PS I have seen Windows Mobile on a Nokia and to be honest I may eventually switch from iPhone to Nokia. Windows can sometimes get things right.
     
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    Also used both systems for many years .. Windows XP at work, Mac at home.. First proper home PC was a Compaq which ran Windows '95 .. bought my first Mac in 1998 and never bought another PC until 2007 with Vista .. and that was abysmal.. vowed then not to get another.. but as said earlier, times change and Windows 7 is good..

    Mac versus PC debate has been going on for donkey's years.. fact is, they both now use the same processors and share a lot of the same or similar hardware.. the only real difference is the operating system .. and I can't see how it can be justified paying three times the price for an operating system..

    All that said, it's horses for courses and no one need justify how or what they spend the hard earned on... would be boring if we all agreed ..:Smile:
     
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    Remember I have all three systems

    As I said I have a 7 year old Inspiration 9300 laptop (Dell) on XP... hard drive to small and the sound battery are silly price to replace.. still in use.

    I have a 10" note pad I purchased in Walmarts in the USA ... again Dell .. Nickelodeonn version very bright green and white... XP and lives on the RV full time. bad track pads on them.. mouse useless...

    I also have a Dell Flap pad.. with windows 7 on it.... belongs to housing association.. I also have just taken delivery for my team a Toshiba 17" laptop 500 gb.. all the bits and bobs with windows 7... hate the bloody thing.. plastic and nasty.

    I have the 15" quad core Apple = MacBook Pro ... fantastic.

    I have a IPAD 1st version.. great does what it says on the tin.

    I have the IPHON 4 again better than the blackberry I had.

    I go with what works.....

    Bob
     
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    Bob so do I , I want things that work. Windows 7 is the best OS I have used, in my opinion anyway,Vista was by far the worst.
    I used to have a mac, but it broke down(yes it did) and I could not justify the money to buy another. I bought a laptop with Vista on and hated it, I was given a copy of windows 7 by my son and put that on the laptop and could not believe the difference it made. I now have a PC with 7 OS and cannot fault it. I struggle to see why I shoule pay for a Mac, when the PC I have is more than capable of doing everythin I need it for!
    Maybe if I used it for other things like design etc. then I may go to Apple, but for normal usage I find the price of Apple products too great!

    Others may have more disposable income than me and they are welcome to spend it on anything they like, but to say that any windows machine is inferior is just a matter of opinion .
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    All I know is my non techy wife no longer asks for help

    When she uses her mac book .

    I use an I pad mac and dell and flit between them

    Just not so often do I use the dell lately

    And when I do it has to load all the patches which take for ever

    On a poor broadband speed

    Playing a you tube video takes three times the time

    And constant buffering makes no difference mac or Microsoft
     
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