Somedays before Security Field in Technology was terribly shocked and challenged because the Software Giant, Apple's OS Was the victim of hacking and thus damaged of flashback malware. The mentioned malware had spread over 500000 Apple Devices and hence destructed it's security by making way for stealing important data like Account Details, Personal Info or anything like that. Of course it was a shock and challenge for Apple's Security Systems Such destroying the reliability of Apple Devices.
Yesterday it was reported that Apple was working to take down the servers distributing the Flashback malware and that it planned to release a removal tool. And now the Removal Tool From Apple Is Publicly Released and you can download it as a software update. Apple has added more technical details Here. And also said something about this update
This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.
This virus scam was a ridiculous challenge for Apple. This Flashback Malware was spread by taking the security flaw of Java and was found in last February. so it’s good to see Apple take decisive action, although it would have been nice to see it a bit sooner, as this was a known vulnerability. Since the number of Mac Computers are increasing, the problem should persist for no time. If its not, Obviously the whole security systems of Apple will be doubted by users.
The Flashback program installs on an un-patched machine and attempts to harvest web browsing activity, usernames and passwords. It then sends that information to its network of computers across the internet. It is what’s known as a ‘drive-by’ infection because the malicious problem can be only installed after visiting a malicious page. So users should be careful than company even it is Java's security loophole.
Java is no longer installed by default in Lion machines, but everyone should update their Mac with the latest patch via Software Update, because being safe is better than sorry. And one more thing, the timing of this Flashback Removal Tool is very nice because its the time when Kaspersky has stopped the distribution of their Malware Removal Tool, Flashfake.