Trojan virus made for Mac has now infected more than 600,000 devices worldwide


Thought Macs never get viruses? Think again. Dr. Web, a Russian anti-virus company has reported that there are now over 600,000 Macs worldwide that is infected with the Flashback Trojan, malware that’s been designed to steal personal information such as passwords. Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan posted on Twitter saying that there are now over 600,000 Macs infected with the Trojan, with 274 of the infected hailing from Cupertino, California – which is the headquarters of Apple. According to Dr. Web’s estimates, the majority of the infected machines are in the US, with our country only accounting for 0.1% of the infections (or about 600 machines infected).

The malware was discovered back in 2011 masquerading as an Adobe plug-in installer, and has since been modified to target an unpatched Java Vulnerability within OS X, which has subsequently been patched by Apple. If you’re a Mac user and are paranoid about your current security state, F-Secure has published a guide how to find out if your machine is infected or not, as well as instructions to remove it.

Source: Ars Technica