The cybersecurity community raked Apple Inc
The consumer electronics company said it was working on finding and ridding “Flashback” malware that exploits a flaw in Oracle Corp's
“Someone in Apple has broken ranks following the recent revelations of a Jolly Big OS X botnet,” Paul Ducklin at security specialist Sophos wrote. “Apple has — apparently for the very first time — talked about a security problem before it had all its threat response ducks in a row.”
Trojans and other malware typically target Microsoft
A “Trojan” is a software program that looks and acts like a regular program but opens backdoors into a user's computer systems.
The Flashback software, also known as “Flashfake”, advertises itself for download on infected websites as a Java software add-on or applet, experts said. According to Kaspersky Labs' Igor Soumenkov, more than half of the over 600,000 initially infected computers, or bots, originated from the United States, and he estimated more than 98 percent could be Macs. The software can be used to modify Internet pages, for example by adding a field asking users to type private information such as bank account data, said Michael Sutton, VP of Security Research at Zscaler ThreatLabZ.
Apple has issued patches and is now developing software to detect and eliminate Flashback, it said on its website.
“While it's encouraging to see Apple taking steps to eradicate the Flashfake Trojan, they're late to the party,” Sutton said. “Unfortunately, Apple has a long history of putting blinders on when it comes to dealing with security researchers.”