Flashback Trojan virus has Mac users on alert

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Associated Press

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 9:30 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Users of Apple's Mac platform often feel safe from security threats. But malware called the Flashback Trojan has them on alert. The malicious software poses as a common plug-in for Internet browers, and is capable of stealing passwords and personal information.

Norton security experts say approximately 270,000 machines are still infected -- down from more than 600,000.

Norton security response group director Kevin Haley says the Flashback Trojan should be a wake-up call for everyone who'e online -- no matter the platform or device. He says if users don't already have a security system in place, they can download a scan and removal tool.

Apple has released its own update. Norton has made a free tool available online.

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On the net: www.norton.com/flashback

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<<CUT *272 (04/13/12)>> 00:16 "onto the machine"

Kevin Haley, director, Symantec's Norton security response group

Norton security response group director Kevin Haley says the latest Norton data shows that 270,000 Macs were still infected with the Flashback Trojan, down from 600,000 machines.

<<CUT *273 (04/13/12)>> 00:10 "we're seeing here"

Kevin Haley, director, Symantec's Norton security response group

Norton security response group director Kevin Haley says many people think Macs can't catch viruses.

<<CUT *274 (04/13/12)>> 00:15 "attack other users"

Kevin Haley, director, Symantec's Norton security response group

Norton security response group director Kevin Haley says the Flashback Trojan is malicious software that poses as a common plug-in for Internet browsers.

<<CUT *275 (04/13/12)>> 00:15 "it'll remove it"

Kevin Haley, director, Symantec's Norton security response group

Norton security response group director Kevin Haley says you need good security software for your computer, even if you're running a Mac.

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