Norton Fights Back Against Flashback Trojan
Traditionally, it has always been the interest of the attackers to dedicate their time and effort into victimizing Windows users. But recent Norton data reveals that almost 600,000 Mac users were infected with the Flashback, a Trojan which poses as a common plug-in for Internet browsers, and is capable of stealing passwords and personal information. This has been the largest malware outbreak ever seen on the Mac platform, and additional infections are possible if the appropriate security updates are not installed by all Mac users.
“The Flashback Trojan is a wake-up call for everyone who’s online – no matter what platform or device they use,” said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate. “No operating system is immune to malware attack and whether you’re using a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, you should have security precautions in place. For example, anyone running a current version of Norton security software was already protected against this Trojan.”
For this particular case, Norton has released a free tool for Mac users that will detect and remove the Flashback Trojan from their machines. Apple has also released a new security update.
iOS users can secure and protect their Mac devices the same way as Windows users:
- Follow best security practices including applying software patches and updates as soon as they are available
- Use a security application from a reputable provider and ensure it is kept up to date with latest protections
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