Researchers Confirm Flashback Trojan Infects 600,000 Macs, Used For Click Fraud
By: Andy Greenberg, Forbes
For anyone who doubted that Apple’s long grace period with
cybercriminals is over, doubt no more: On Friday, researchers at Russian
antivirus firm Kaspersky confirmed findings from another security firm
earlier this week that more than 600,000 computers running Mac’s OSX are
infected with the Flashback botnet, and half of those machines are in
the United States.
Kaspersky’s researchers reverse-engineered the Flashback malware and
created a fake “command and control” server for collection of hijacked
PCs, intercepting and analyzing their connections. As they’ve detailed
in a blog post, they
were able to map out the machines’ locations: 300,000 in the U.S.,
95,000 in the Canada, 47,000 in the United Kingdom, and 42,000 in
Australia, for instance.