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04/05/2012

More than half a million Macs infected with virus

So much for being free of viruses – an Internet security company says more than 500,000 Mac computers are infected with a virus.

According to Russian web security firm Dr. Web, the Flashback Trojan has hit at least 550,000 computers running Mac OS X across the world. What’s more alarming is that several of those machines are here in Canada.

What exactly happens? If a user visits an infected website, an executable file is saved to their computer. Once infected, it will get malicious files from a remote server and start running it.

Dr. Web gets even more technical in its description, which you can read here.

Of all the computers infected, more than 50 per cent are in the United States, while about 20 per cent are in Canada.

Users are encouraged to protect their computer by installing a software update from Apple, released just this week.

Or from a Mac computer, users may go into the system preferences menu and select “Software Update.”

On its website, Apple says it “does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.”

Apple often mocked PC users by saying Mac computers couldn't get a virus. Not so fast, it seems...

Do you think Apple’s operating system will fall victim to more viruses? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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