Alexander: Their PC was turned into Internet 'bot'

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 10, 2012 - 9:29 PM
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xorcistApr. 10, 12 4:24 PM

Steve Alexander wrote: […] (The recently discovered Flashback bot took over half a million Macintosh computers.)

Not true. That figure is nothing more than an unsubstantiated claim by an unheard-of-until-now Russian "security firm." They have no way of knowing how many Macs were affected by that Trojan Horse, so they just made up a number to sound sufficiently scary and get media attention.

While it's possible that estimate is accurate, if true it would still be a tiny fraction of the Macs currently in use. But until there is actual verification, don't treat unsubstantiated claims as facts.

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FirimarApr. 10, 12 5:23 PM

xorcist, Kaspersky Lab is one of the leading antivirus vendors in the world, they confirmed the Flashback Trojan. If you mean anti-virus firm Doctor Web, I still don't know who they are.

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vickjApr. 10, 12 6:33 PM

Someone gets an email from Xfinity and you didn't tell them to confirm it with Xfinity before they do anything else? My first thought is 'phishing attempt'. Not only that, but if they do have bot software on the machine, one of the first things any self-respecting Elementary School Level things it would do is stop them from downloading or installing anti-malware software. Your answer to these folks was really inadeaquate from where I sit…

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arielbenderApr. 10, 1210:58 PM

vickjApr. 10, 12 6:33 PM Someone gets an email from Xfinity and you didn't tell them to confirm it with Xfinity before they do anything else? My first thought is 'phishing attempt'. Not only that, but if they do have bot software on the machine, one of the first things any self-respecting Elementary School Level things it would do is stop them from downloading or installing anti-malware software. Your answer to these folks was really inadeaquate from where I sit…___________________Agreed. It might be possible to start up in safe mode and install Malwarebytes, however why people don't have this or Spybot on their computer already is another conversation. Or better yet, run No Scripts if they're on Firefox.

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xorcistApr. 10, 1211:52 PM

Firimar wrote: Kaspersky Lab is one of the leading antivirus vendors in the world, they confirmed the Flashback Trojan.

I never said the Trojan didn't exist, nor did I mention Kaspersky Labs. What I said is that this number is complete fiction; it cannot be substantiated by anyone.

You also fail to acknowledge the fact that so-called "security firms" or "antivirus vendors" have a vested interest in hyping any new malware as though it's The End of Days unless you buy their product to protect yourself.

That's why you can never trust any such statements made by them.

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worldcitizenApr. 11, 12 9:23 AM

"downloading or installing anti-malware software" boot in safe mode with networking, disable active scripting, download, install and run anti-malware software. Reboot in safemode with networking and update and run whatever A/V software is being used to pick up any remaining pieces of the malware. Enable active scripting.

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foeclanApr. 11, 12 9:53 AM

Kaspersky set up a machine to spoof one of the botnet command and control servers and got ~600k unique callbacks in 24 hours, 98% of which looked to be from Macs. Seems like decent substantiation to me. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/04/new-analysis-backs-half-million-mac-infection-estimate.ars

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odb247Apr. 12, 12 9:50 AM

Comcast offers Norton security suite free to customers.I doubt that it is Comcast trying to get 360 dollars from this person.Call Comcast first to get this resolved and then download the free Norton software and use it.Again the Norton software suite is free to Comcast customers.

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