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Viruses – follow-up to previous post

Published on April 5, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Just in case you needed the reminder to install anti-virus software (or anti-malware software, as it should be known), there’s a report out now that there’s over 600,000 Macs infected by the Flashback trojan – a ‘trojan’ requires some user action to install itself, unlike a virus which usually automatically deploys. Trojan writers are getting better at social engineering to try and persuade you install the thing; this one mostly uses a fake Adobe Flash Player installer.

This particular Trojan seems to have various flavours and does things such as scan for usernames and passwords for Paypal etc.

 
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