Date when Apple released its fix to Flashback Virus

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When did Apple release its fix to the Flashback Virus and what took them this long to get through this problem?

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Date when Apple released its fix to Flashback Virus

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Hello!

To date, on April 10, Apple had announced that they will be creating a malware that will depict the flashback/flash ware that have infected hundreds of Mac users. To fix the widespread of the infectious malware, Apple mentioned that they are working with internet service providers (ISP) to help them shut down networks that have supported the Flashback trojan. Apple did release a Java Update to fix the problem on April 3 but the update is still on going.

Apparently, when the cyber-attack occurred, Apple had ignored them which led them to fail in communicating with the Russian Anti-virus firm who first discovered the problem. That is why it took them that long to respond.

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Date when Apple released its fix to Flashback Virus

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It was in the first quarter of 2012 when the new variant of the Revir/Imuler Trojan virus has managed to infect Mac computers. Most of the viruses before only targeted Microsoft Windows but now it is different. It is called “OSX/Flashback.I” which is a different type of the Flashback Trojan virus that infects Mac OS X operating systems.

They are camouflaged as erotic images and being distributed in this form. When it is installed to your computer it will take personal information and upload them right away to remote servers. If your Mac computer is infected with this type of Trojan, you can download the latest Flashback removal update from Flashback Removal Security Update.

You can execute these three commands in series to determine if your computer is infected with this type of Flashback virus:

  • defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES
  • defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
  • defaults read /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment

Run these commands from the OS X Terminal utility which can be found in “/Applications/Utilities/”. The output of these commands will simply state that the “domain/default” pair “does not exist”. In case your system is infected, the output of the commands will direct you to the location of the virus.

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