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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...
04-11-2012, 01:23 AM #1
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.”
Last edited by Akshay Masand; 04-11-2012 at 01:30 AM.
04-11-2012, 01:30 AM #2
Away with your negative comments with macs macs rule
04-11-2012, 03:03 AM #3
This is either highly controversial, or business as usual. I don't know enough from this article to decide which.
04-11-2012, 05:32 AM #4
They're Russian. I don't trust a word they're saying. As far as I know they may quite well have been the ones responsible for bringing this trojan into the world.
04-11-2012, 06:18 AM #5
and dumb Mewedeeman have spoken... JEEZ man, just shut your mouth and stop talking shite about russians. you know nothing about them.
04-11-2012, 06:56 AM #6
How come the usual U.S. based companies haven't chimed in yet on this malware like they do when Windows security issues pop up?
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04-11-2012, 07:17 AM #8
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!
04-11-2012, 07:18 AM #9
This scenario has been used before. Claiming the security software companies manufacture viruses/trojans to sell software. Who really knows?
Oh and the title of this story is very misleading... How about "Apple tries to shut down rogue server connected to the trojan"
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04-11-2012, 10:38 AM #14
Bottom line is the best defense has always been and will always be a good offense. Better to not have the infected files even make it to your system than it is to have an AntiVirus tool catch them. AntiVirus software should be a second line of defense, just in case something sneaks by you.
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04-11-2012, 12:22 PM #18
Why is everyone immediately defending Apple on this? I am a fan of Apple too, but I do not blindly believe that everything they do is the right thing.
It seems like Apple doesn't want this company to talk about this virus, like they want to shut them up, and keep this virus out of the publics eye as much as possible.
It also seems like Apple doesn't want to appear as if its been shown up by a small security firm that was able to do what Apple couldn't or wouldn't....Identify, and warn users of a problem.El Zurdo
04-11-2012, 12:45 PM #19
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04-11-2012, 02:06 PM #20
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.