Kaspersky Finds Largest Attack On Mac OS By Malware Flashback/Flashfake

Kaspersky Lab, a leading secure content and threat management solutions developer, recently analyzed the Flashfake botnet and discovered a massive number of infected computers worldwide, most likely running Mac OS X. The botnet is being distributed via infected websites as a Java applet that pretends to be an update for the Adobe Flash Player.

About 670,000 computers worldwide, 98 percent of them running Mac OS X, were infected by Flashfake. Kaspersky Lab attests that this is the largest Mac-based infection to date, with the largest number of victims targeting developed countries. The United States had the most infected computers (300,917) followed by Canada (94,625), the United Kingdom (47,109) and Australia (41,600).

Infections also found in France (7,891), Italy (6,585), Mexico (5,747), Spain (4,304), Germany (4,021), Japan (3,864) and Philippines is among the countries that contribute the average count of 1- 2,547 said Kaspersky Lab security expert, Igor Soumenkov in his

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