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Posted on June 30th, 2012 at 5:42 PM EST
A new variant of the Tibet malware was discovered this past week. This time the malware has been targeted at the Uyghur people, who live predominantly in China. The method of delivery is a bit different than previous variants of Tibet, which have used Java vulnerabilities (the same ones used by Flashback) and Microsoft Office vulnerabilities to install code. This variant is a simple trojan, sent to specific targets via e-mail. Although it is targeted, the rest of the world should be cautious, as we’ve recently seen some very high-profile targeted malware in the Windows world (eg, Stuxnet and Flame) escape its leash and affect other people as well! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 9:22 PM EST
Apple has released another Java update, patching a number of new vulnerabilities. Full details on the vulnerabilities can be found on Oracle’s web site. Although there are no malware exploits currently known to be using those vulnerabilities on a Mac, I still advise updating immediately. Keep in mind that when the vulnerabilities are patched, that essentially gives malware authors a road map for where to strike at unpatched machines, making you far more vulnerable than you were before. To update, simply run Software Update and install the Java update. Updates are only available for users of Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) and Lion (Mac OS X 10.7).
Posted on June 1st, 2012 at 12:25 PM EST
It’s been a quiet month for Mac users. New Flashback infections haven’t been reported in about a month, to my knowledge, and the flood of new malware that was popping up in April seems to have tapered off. There’s a new threat looming on the horizon, however. Or an old threat that is looming again, to be more precise. On July 9, some Mac users may find themselves suddenly cut off from the internet, thanks to the effects of an old bit of malware. Read the rest of this entry »