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  • Apple Tries to Cut off Security Firm's Server


    It was recently revealed that Apple attempted to shut down a server belonging to the security firm that first discovered the Flashback malware. The process gave the public insight into how Apple handles third-party assistance.

    According to Forbes, Boris Sharov, the chief executive of the relatively unknown Russian security firm, Dr. Web, was notified by the web registrar Reggi.ru that Apple had requested the shut-down of a domain belonging to the Moscow company on claims that it was being used as a “command and control” for Macs affected by Flashback.



    According to Sharov, “they told the registrar this [domain] is involved in a malicious scheme. Which would be true if we weren’t the ones controlling it and not doing any harm to users. This seems to mean that Apple is not considering our work as help. It’s just annoying them.” The domain that was being referred to was one of three Dr. Web was using to monitor the spread of Flashback in what researchers call a “sinkhole”, otherwise known as a spoofed command and control server. This technique allowed the firm to uncover the Trojan that has infected roughly 600,000 macs.

    Apple may have requested for the shutdown prematurely before investigating the background of the server, which is a common occurrence in this scenario. Sharov believes that this move was a mistake on Apple’s end. What makes the whole situation a bit more confusing is the fact that Apple likes to be secretive. It is being assumed that Apple is looking to put an end to Flashback by shutting down command and control servers. The Cupertino California company has even pushed two Java updates in the past week in an attempt to catch up with the malware, a move that some seem as being too little too late.

    According to Sharov “The safety of Macintosh computers is going down very quickly and they’re thinking what to do next. They’re thinking about how to manage a future where Mac is no longer safe.”

    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tries to Cut off Security Firm's Server started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by aristosv View Post
      Oh my god! What is the big deal! Millions of Windows computers get thousands of viruses every day and no one talks about it! ONE single virus appears for MAC and everyone acts as if the end of the world is upon us! Come on people! Get over it!
      Cause according to Apple "Macs don't get viruses", It's one of there big selling points. This is the start of that no longer being true.

      Quote Originally Posted by Beastly L92 View Post
      600,000 trojan infections. That's like, 10% of PC's daily infections, bruh. Windows is garbage. The "Sam's Choice" of computers...
      Windows works just fine for me. Never had a virus. 90% of PC infections is people not paying attention to what they are doing.
      Use to osX users could argue, Apple builds better hardware, better OS that can't get a virus. Now Macs are built with the same CPU's, Ram etc...that window's based pc's are, the only difference is the case. So now Macs use the same hardware & get viruses also.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tabaks View Post
      I'll think about getting a PC when cows learn how to fly, btw.
      So you have a PC? Cows can learn to fly right now, unsuccessful granted, but I would assume at least 1 cow in the whole history of the world have tried to learn to fly.
    1. Taranis17's Avatar
      Taranis17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Beastly L92 View Post
      The fact still remains. Macs suffer less than 1% of the infection rate of Windows, AND Apple will patch the problem, FREE for their users.

      Not write sh*tty software full of holes and then tell you to buy some 3rd party crapware to fix the problem THEY created, like Windows does.


      What facts?

      1. 1% infection rate when Mac commands around 5% global market share vs Windows PC's. 1% of one million is a lot different than 1% of 1 billion.

      2. Last time I checked, Microsoft also patches security vulnerabilities in Windows, and Windows Updates have always been free. Your point?

      3. Microsoft makes their own free virus scanner, but hey, don't take my word for it: Clicky-clicky! -> http://bit.ly/IhJvEY. Come to think of it too, I don't recall Microsoft ever "telling me" to buy 3rd party anything... Must've missed that in the manual. Hmm..

      Don't you have homework to do?

      (Psst.. your ignorance is showing..)

      Next...
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Lol
    1. Breezer23's Avatar
      Breezer23 -
      When will Mac users realize that they aren't as vulnerable to virus's simply because they don't have the install base of Windows? Why would a hacker, who is trying to cause the most havoc possible, go after a small (albeit growing) percentage of users?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezer23 View Post
      When will Mac users realize that they aren't as vulnerable to virus's simply because they don't have the install base of Windows? Why would a hacker, who is trying to cause the most havoc possible, go after a small (albeit growing) percentage of users?
      Same goes for when will people realize install base only plays a very small part in the reasoning. OS9 had the same install base or smaller and it was just as bad as Windows with actual viruses.
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Taranis17 View Post


      What facts?

      1. 1% infection rate when Mac commands around 5% global market share vs Windows PC's. 1% of one million is a lot different than 1% of 1 billion.

      2. Last time I checked, Microsoft also patches security vulnerabilities in Windows, and Windows Updates have always been free. Your point?

      3. Microsoft makes their own free virus scanner, but hey, don't take my word for it: Clicky-clicky! -> http://bit.ly/IhJvEY. Come to think of it too, I don't recall Microsoft ever "telling me" to buy 3rd party anything... Must've missed that in the manual. Hmm..

      Don't you have homework to do?

      (Psst.. your ignorance is showing..)

      Next...
      Speaking of class, you failed reading and math, huh?

      Oh man. I said Apple suffers less than 1% of the infection rate of Windows. I'm not talking about total Windows viruses VS total Mac viruses. While comical as sh*t, those numbers wouldn't be fair. What I'm talking about is infection RATES. Market share aside, if you took 10,000 random Win7 PCs and 10,000 random OSX machines, the infection rate of the OSX machines would be less than 1% of their PC counterparts. I'm willing to bet that more than 50% of American Windows based machines would fail a threat/malware scan.

      The fact that the 2 OSX malware threats in the last 12 months that were wide spread (600,000 lol) made headline news across the tech world and beyond says it all. It isn't news when a PC has a new Trojan. It happens everyday. Sometimes twice.

      5% market share!? Yeah. In 1997. They hold over 20% of the computer market today.

      Microsoft releases minimal updates only to patch MAJOR threats WHEN they update for that reason. They usually don't. It's usually for compatibility and bug fixes. As for the NEED for 3rd party malware protection, they don't say it in expressed terms. They say it when their software goes public with more holes than a goddamn screen door and no fix in sight. Play stupid, bruh. That's about your only move on this one. Only 99.99999% of people with antivirus go with a 3rd party.

      Oh, I nearly forgot. Next!
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      I must say you guys both bring up very good points... I especially like the one above
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      I wish to point out something many people don't appear to realize that 600,000 is the number of reported infections. There are always going to be cases that are not reported or known, unless you've polled everyone single possible user, and even then, you have to consider that there are people who don't even know they are infected, and thus will also not be included in such a tally. Urgo, it's impossible to know just how many infections there really are, but with something this wide spread, the actual number is going to be higher than just the known reported case count. This is true of any malware outbreak, regardless of platform.