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New Malware/Virus attack on Mac Computers

Published: 2012-04-05

A new malware variant has been detected for OSX Snow Leopard and Lion that could infect your system without any user interaction.  This variant is called flashback.k.  In general, the malware modifies targeted webpages displayed in the web browser.  Apple has released patches for this vulnerability, and we recommend all Mac users update their systems by going to the “Apple Menu” in the upper left corner and running “Software Update”.

Although malware is generally less of a problem on Apple products, their increased market share is inspiring virus and malware creators to write malicious code for the OSX platform.  If you are not already utilizing antivirus security software, we recommend you do so.  The university currently offers McAfee VirusScan for free to the university community.  The software can be found at http://ocio.osu.edu/software/directory/slmac/#vsmactel.  Please Note: iOS devices (i.e. iPads, iPhones, iPods) are not affected by this exploit.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Please see the links below for more information:
http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader_osx_flashback_k.shtml
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402641,00.asp
http://gizmodo.com/5898516/mac-owners-cant-not-install-the-new-flashback-trojan-variant

 

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“IMPORTANT NOTE: The potential loss of restricted data is one of the greatest security threats to the college and the university.  If you believe your computer contains restricted data elements (i.e. social security numbers, etc.) or if you currently work with these elements, please contact the ITS Helpdesk to schedule a security consultation to ensure process compliance.”