Apple is developing software to remove the malware ‘Flashback’ from Macintosh computers. No ETA was given. The arrival of this software will be a relief to the users who are already infected – hundreds of thousands, according to antivirus company Dr. Web.
Apple is developing software to remove the malware 'Flashback' from Macintosh computers. Although long regarded as a safe haven from viruses, Macintosh may never recover this image in the public eye. In February of 2011, a malware known as ‘Flashback’ began infecting thousands of Macs by exploiting vulnerability in the version of Java imbedded in Mac OS X. An earlier variant of this malware appeared during September of that year, disguising itself as an installer for Adobe Flash.
Last week, Apple released two updates of Java to patch the weakness which allowed Mac users to get infected without even clicking on anything whatsoever. These updates will help prevent computers from getting infected, but those which already contain the virus cannot be helped.
On Tuesday, Apple revealed that it was developing software to remove this malware from computers infected by it. “Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware,” was the statement given by Apple on its website support blog. No ETA was given. The arrival of this software will be a relief to the users who are already infected – hundreds of thousands, according to antivirus company Dr. Web.
Apple might be feeling the brunt of its long years of stagnancy and inexperience with viruses. In an attempt to disable the servers that Flashback depends on to use, the corporation attempted to shut down Dr. Web’s servers, which had been disguised as the Flashback servers in order to gain information about the Flashback malware. Critics suggest that Apple’s inexperience in security issues caused this blunder, which has fallen under heavy criticism.
The development of software to remove Flashback may be an important step in preparing Apple for possible malware yet to come.