Are Flashback and Flashfake the same thing, as these articles seem to suggest?

On Apr 20, 2012, at 9:04 AM, Dean Williams wrote:

For those curious about what happened to infect so many MacOS systems with Flashfake/Flashback, this detailed Kaspersky analysis may be of interest: 

    http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792227/The_anatomy_of_Flashfake_Part_1

It's a good reminder of the effectiveness of social engineering and the dangers of unpatched software (from Apple to WordPress users to individual Macintosh users). 

-Dean W. 


On Apr 20, 2012, at 8:38 AM, Dean Williams wrote:

Keeping operating systems, particularly Microsoft Windows, up to date with security patches has always been critical for safe computing, but with the recent rise in Mac-targeted malware, updates for Mac OS X aren't something to be ignored. The recent Flashback trojan specifically targets Mac OS X, having infected 600,000 Macs worldwide, including a significant number on UVM's network.

For information on how to protect your Macintosh and how to tell if it's infected, please see: 


My thanks to Jonathan Trigaux of ETS Client Services for developing the article linked above.  


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