Skip to comments.Russian Security Firm Says Flashback Botnet Is Not Shrinking
Posted on 04/25/2012 6:50:42 AM PDT by johncatl
Contrary to recent reports, the worldwide botnet of Macs infected with the Flashback malware has remained relatively steady in size, the Russian security vendor Dr. Web said over the weekend.
Dr. Web discovered the botnet -- which it calls BackDoor.Flashback.39 -- on April 4. It claims that more than 817,000 bots have connected to the botnet thus far, and that an average of 550,000 infected machines are interacting with a command-and-control server each day.
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Impossible. OSX can’t get malware. At least that’s what they tell us.
But seriously. It was just a matter of time before OSX had a big enough footprint to start being targeted. And they are ripe for the picking. Many of their users are people who never used AV on Windows and thought going to Mac would protect them. So now the Mac user base is growing with some of the dumbest of the dumb users—you know people who say there’s no need for 3rd party AV solutions on Macs.
Yep those are the idiots that will be getting malware as Mac sales increase.
I’m sure the usual suspects will be in here to dismiss this as FUD and when that fails they will blame Microsoft somehow. Or attack Windows XP (a decade old OS) as being less secure than OSX’s most current version.
Anyone who uses a Mac is a Communist.
Anyone who shoots a 1911A frame, over a Glock, is a Communist.
Anyone who sides with the Union in the Civil War is a Communist.
Anyone who sides with the Confederacy in the Civil War is a Communist.
So what is the best 3rd party AV/anti-Malware for Macs?
Why do you say that? No one is saying they are communist. Just that they need good AV software on their machines as Apple clearly doesn’t really understand what they are up against. http://www.crn.com/news/security/232900172/apple-building-malware-removal-tool.htm
But on a more serious note...true statistic. OSX is the preferred OS for homosexuals and pedophiles. That doesn’t mean all users are homosexual or pedophiles—it’s just a statistic.
Look, if you use a Mac, you are a Communist. Period.
If you KNOW someone who uses a Mac, you are a Socialist.
How do they know how many hits a day are contacting the control server?
Intersting question. Assuming they know the server address, then it must be in some unknown location so no one can do anything about it. The server is either owned by the botnet providers or is controlled by the bot.
Everyone is a Communist except me and thee, and I’m not too sure about thee.
F U D !!
This claim that the botnet has not shrunk defies logic when Apple and others have provided the removal tools for a Trojan that is NOT being reported by users as existing on their computers. . . unless my original conclusion that all they have is a list of UUIDs that have been spoofed is true. There is evidence that is the case when users with BRAND NEW OSX LION MACS, just out of the box, that DO NOT HAVE JAVA even installed or included, have their UUIDs submitted to Doctor Web's test and are reported to be already members of the botnet! This HAS happened. That indicates what they have is a list of UUIDs that have been assigned to Apple computers, either generated by themselves, or they are receiving them from an outside source, and they do NOT represent actual infected computers.
WHERE ARE THE INFECTED MACS??? They simply are not being reported. Only one Freeper contacted me to say that he thought the "Apple tool had removed a Flash trojan on his Mac, on the third try"... but he was running OSX Lion... which cannot BE infected by this trojan! Ergo, that was a false positive.
If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.
I am going to DEMAND that you prove your assertion. PROVE IT.
I just did.
They own the control server. They're Russians, after all.
> true statistic. OSX is the preferred OS for homosexuals and pedophiles.
So you're saying that people who frequent dangerous, dodgy, oft-infected, sometimes-illegal, and generally hard-on-the-OS websites, prefer to use an OS that is more resistant to damage and infection, rather than one that tends more often to get infected or fall over dead even when augmented with so-called anti-malware?
Actually I'm not surprised that people who frequent dangerous websites choose the strongest OS they can get.
Not that I expect Apple to use this statistic as a testimonial. :)
But think, 4Q -- why would you prefer to bring a knife to a gun-fight? Unless you want to lose.
Aside from that, your quoting of that "statistic" is crap trolling. However, the ensuing humorous exchange allows me to overlook that particular implied trespass against OS-X users.
Thank goodness it’s only a Control server. Just think what would happen if it was a Chaos server!
I use ClamXav, a free port of the ClamAV tool for Unix that adds a GUI. I run it every few months, and every now and then it finds some piece of Windows malware that came in on an e-mail attachment or a rogue link. I haven’t tried any of the commercial products.
Another true statistic -- on average people have one testicle.
I also knew someone whose job was forensics on computers belonging to people suspected of trafficking in kiddie porn. Guess what, 100% of the systems were Windows.
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