WordPress Played A Role In Mac Virus


The virus that was called “Flashback” that infected a little more than 600,000 macs earlier in April has seemingly been traced back to a number of WordPress blogs according to security experts.

The head of the global research and analysis team at Kapersky (the virus protection company), Alexander Gostev advised that the virus started as a hidden trojan within an Adobe software update that was fake. By March, the creators of the virus redesigned it so that it would infect users Apple computers when they visited any of thousands of compromised WordPress sites.

Gostev went on to say on his Securelist Blog that ” Tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised. How it happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in”

Apple released an update earlier this month to fix the vulnerability, and if you haven’t done so already you can check to see if your Mac is infected by reading our post from earlier in the month by clicking here.

According to BGR, as of last week there are still more than 140,000 machines that are still infected.

The virus is used to intercept private data and transmit it without the users knowledge, so we recommend updating your software to the latest version (as you always should) and checking by clicking on the link above.

Still though. 1 major virus for Mac out of the 17.7 million that were out there for operating systems at the start of the month?

We think you’re still in safe hands with a Mac and WordPress just got an update over the last couple of days too, but if you’re using a WordPress site, our advice is to get some security plugins as soon as possible and here’s our top 5:

1) Secure WordPress Plugin

2) WP Security Scan Plugin

3) Limit Login Attempts Plugin

4) Bulletproof Security Plugin

5) WP-Malwatch


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