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New Mac malware abounds

Posted on April 25th, 2012 at 12:27 PM EDT

Several new malware programs have appeared for the Mac in the last week or so, bringing the grand total of new Mac malware in the first four months of 2012 to 5, compared to 6 for all of 2011.*  This increase in Mac malware is a concerning trend, and is making for lots of juicy news stories in the media.  But how much do Mac users really need to worry about this?  That’s a hard question to answer, since every individual will have a different threshold for worry, but let’s start with some facts.
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Sabpab malware mimics Flashback

Posted on April 13th, 2012 at 9:10 PM EDT

Sophos announced the discovery of more new malware for the Mac today.  Called Sabpab, it uses the same Java vulnerability as Flashback to install itself as a “drive-by download.”  Users of older versions of Java now have still more malware to worry about.  If you are using Mac OS X 10.6, or if you have Mac OS X 10.7 and have installed Java, you should immediately install the latest Java update.  It will be available in Software Update if your machine needs it.
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