Flashback trojan finally detected by built-in OSX malware detection

Apple introduced built-in Malware Detection in OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard (and OSX 10.7 Lion also of course). This works very good and updates automatically whenever your connected to the internet and Apple releases new malware definitions…

…this week (online) news sources were warning Mac-users that Apple still hasn’t updated for the latest expoit of Java by the Flashback trojan horse malware…

Today however the Java update was released by Apple :


As always : to install this update, just use OSX’s built-in Software update feature (find it under the Apple-icon menu in the left top corner of your screen).


BEWARE ! : MAC Defender = malware ! don’t install ! remove it !

Since some of you might not know… just a quick note to inform you :

Your Mac is not completely immune to viruses and malware (and never has been). The  weakest link in the security chain of Mac-protection is often the user himself…

A program called “MAC Defender” claims to be your best protection, but do not install it ! If you really need a reliable virus-protection app for you Mac, go only with the renowned ones like Sophos, Kasperski, Norton, ClamXav or VirusBarrier (downloads available via MacUpdate.com, or from their respective brand’s websites).

MAC Defender is a fake AntiVirus-app ! It’s a trojan horse intended for phishing your valuable data, passwords and credit card info.

Apple has put info on how to avoid or remove MAC Defender online here :


…but still : best remedy is not to install it at all !

BEWARE ! : the URL you are seeing in iOS may not be the URL you’re visiting

The Dutch Government’s Ministry of Security & Justice’s website Waarschuwingsdienst.nl has published a problem with iOS that is not a big threat to the prudent iOS user, but still is a ‘good to know’.

Simply put :

The URL that you are seeing in your iOS web browser may not actually be the URL you’re visiting, enabling a phishing threat (this problem was found in iOS 5.1, but will most certainly exist in all previous versions of iOS also)

Suggested remedy :

To minimize the potential of this hazard, make sure you are not clicking on any weblinks when reading websites or eMails from sources you do not fully trust.

Especially when asked for personal data and/or payment, make sure you retype the complete URL manually, and check if the URL doesn’t get redirected, when using your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.


More info on this and other viruses, malware, hoaxes, vulnerabilities, software-leaks, privacy breaches, phishing and alike, including updates on official patches, can be found here [in dutch] :