April 9, 2012
ComputerWorld magazine reports that over 600,000 Macs have been infected with a new version of the Flashback Trojan horse, installed on people’s computers through vulnerabilities with Java.
Protect your Mac and the UF network!
Flashback is a malware virus affecting Mac operating systems (OS) that first appeared in September 2011. Previous versions of Flashback relied on social engineering tricks to infect computers, such as getting into your email or a plug-in (add-on) installed by a user on their Facebook page. However, the newer variants of Flashback is distributed via Java vulnerabilities that do not require any action from the end-user. Please visit the Apple support page for information on how to get the Java update for your Mac OS.
UFIT staff regularly share information about security concerns on the security alerts Web page. Bookmark the page! You’ll find updates and alerts on a variety of hardware, software, and applications in wide-use at UF.