Apple confirms cyber attack, will release security tool
Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:54 PM
In Safari, go to Preferences. Under Security, uncheck the Java box.
Happy Surfing, but skip the "fortune cookies".
Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:08 PM
I am wondering if this malware only runs as a Java app, or does the Java exploit install malware that runs on its own? In case some people removed Java previously, but perhaps the dirty deed was already done. Apple does not appear to have a standalone detector for this exploit.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:44 PM
Um, no. Done. With. Java.
(And yes, I've kept "Enable Java" un-checked on Safari Preferences -> Security for quite some time now.)
Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:48 PM
One comparison figure is 1,000 times more attempts along with only a dozen worldwide compromised Macs each time except for 1 or 2 times such as Flashback. Thousands of PCs tend to suffer for each of those pieces of malware.
If that estimate is accurate, then Macs are about 1,000,000 times safer.
Any confirmation on how low the risks actually are?
Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:59 AM
Actually, the OS is pretty impervious - the exploit was in Java (written by Oracle). When you add 3rd party extensions to your OS, they bring vulnerabilities to your OS. This wasn't a flaw with OSX, it was a flaw in Java.
Isn't it funny how some really elementary facts seem to tear your whole line of reasoning apart?
Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:09 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:11 AM
LOL, you can't compare Apples with Oranges. There are probably 1,000,000 times more PCs then MACs, so PCs will always get more attacks.