It looks like Mac users won't be getting a break from malware as another trojan is breaking out on OS X. In February, malware known as Flashback infected around 600,000 Macs. This month a new trojan called SabPub is making its rounds.
The SabPub malware uses a Java exploit (similar to Flashback) to connect to a remote website. Then it waits for further instructions, and has the potential to execute commands and take screenshots. It's tricky, like most new malware is, and isn't picked up by anti-malware software very easily.The Flashback trojan has the ability to steal passwords and some other information, although Apple recently released a tool to remove the malware and patch Java through the software updater.SabPub is likely to be delivered through targeted attack (like phishing attacks), which means it likely won't be quite as widespread as Flashback. The trojan can be distributed and spread through Word documents on the Mac.For a longtime, Apple promoted the Mac platform as much more secure than Windows, with many Mac enthusiasts claiming Macs were essentially malware-proof. However, as Apple and Macs have become something more than a niche player in the global PC market, "Malware Enthusiasts" are now actively targeting OS X. Businesses that typically run Microsoft Windows PCs, need to implement security solutions like hardware firewalls, spam protection, and antivirus to keep networks safe and prevent data theft and other threats. Mac users need to be aware that OS X is not now and has never been immune from malware, it's just now a worthwhile target for cyber-criminals to exploit.
Employing antivirus and anti-malware applications and staying up-to-date with the latest software updates and security patches are important no matter what platform you use.
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