Apple computers infected with Flashback Trojan virus in ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users

Trojan has compromised 550,000 machines, claims Russian security firm

Attack is ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users

Cyber threat infects machines via any of four million infected web pages


PUBLISHED: 05:11 EST, 5 April 2012
UPDATED: 04:22 EST, 6 April 2012

A new computer trojan has infected 550,000 machines running Apple’s Mac OS X – and many could still be vulnerable.

The infected machines are now part of a ‘botnet’ of zombie machines which can be controlled by cyber criminals and ‘told’ to download new malicious software.

The attack has been described as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users.

Describing the attack as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac OS X users, blogger Adrian Sanabria said, ‘Despite what Apple’s marketing department would have you believe, Macs are not invulnerable to attacks and malware targeting OS X does exist.’

The new attack was spotted by Russian anti-virus vendor Dr Web.

‘We conducted research to determine the scale of spreading of Trojan BackDoor.Flashback that infects computers running Mac OS X,’ says the Russian antivirus vendor.

‘The botnet encompasses more than 550 000 infected machines, most of which are located in the United States and Canada.

‘This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X.’

Many Mac users believe that the system is ‘immune’ to viruses and trojans – but in reality hackers rarely choose to write viruses that afflict Macs, simply because there are relatively few Macs compared to the huge number of machines that run Windows.

Hackers want their attacks to spread rapidly, so they usually target the OS that offers the most potential ‘victims’.

Describing the attack as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac OS X users, blogger Adrian Sanabria said, ‘Despite what Apple’s marketing department would have you believe, Macs are not invulnerable to attacks and malware targeting OS X does exist.’

The attack works using a vulnerability in Java, and is delivered via infected web pages.

Just visiting the web pages is enough to infect a machine, downloading a file which then downloads further malicious software from elsewhere.

Dr Web claims that more than four million web pages are infected with the trojan.

‘Over 550 000 infected machines running Mac OS X have been a part of the botnet on April 4,’ says Dr Web.

‘These only comprise a segment of the botnet set up by means of the particular BackDoor.Flashback modification. Most infected computers reside in the United States (56.6%, or 303,449 infected hosts), Canada comes second (19.8%, or 106,379 infected computers), the third place is taken by the United Kingdom (12.8% or 68,577 cases of infection) and Australia with 6.1% (32,527 infected hosts) is the fourth.’

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McDonald’s to expose everything about its chemical food in Russia


Consumer rights’ advocates filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s fast food chain in Russia. The lawsuit was filed at Moscow’s Tverskoy Court. The plaintiffs intend to oblige the company to indicate the complete list of ingredients on packaging, rather than the content of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Representatives of the Consumer Rights Protection Society claim that concealing the content of products the company violates the status of the retail outlet of finished products, not to mention the fact that it misleads consumers. According to experts, the range of milkshakes, which the chain sells, can not be referred to as “milk” under the Russian law, reports.

Experts discovered the fat of vegetable origin in McDonald’s “milkshakes.” This drink, according to experts at the Institute of Laboratory of Nutrition, can be called “milk-containing” but not “milk”. The advocates of consumers rights do not demand any fines from McDonald’s. They only say the company should disclose information and redesign the product packaging. However, even this measure will entail multi-million costs for McDonald’s once the court upholds it.

The Society for the Protection of Consumers’ Rights reminded that in July 2012, the Federal Arbitration Court of the Moscow District issued a landmark ruling on the suit of McDonald’s  against the Moscow territorial division of the Federal Tax Service. The court ruled that McDonald’s in Russia does not provide restaurant services. Instead, the court said, the company sells food products as a store. Therefore, the activities of the corporation should be taxed with 10 instead of 18 percent of VAT.

However, according to the Russian legislation, a store that sells food products (in this case the store also acts as the manufacturer of the food), unlike the restaurant, is obliged to provide all required and accurate information, including the information about the ingredients, food supplements, biologically active supplements, the information about the presence of the GMO, food value, purpose, conditions of use and storage of food, weight (volume), date and place of manufacture and packaging of food. The information about contraindications and indications for use at certain diseases shall also be provided on the product packaging.

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