Apple issues security updates to battle Flashback

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To protect Apple users who have old Operating Systems installed in their computers, the Apple, Inc. released security updates for them to fight off the dreaded Flashback software.

These updates are for those who opt to use the older OS X 10.5 Leopard instead of upgrading to the latest 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion.

According to security firm Sophos, “It’s encouraging to see Apple has not left users of this older version of the Mac OS X operating system completely out in the cold when it comes ot protecting against the latest threats.”

They added, “clearly they realize that it’s not good for the Apple Mac’s image if older computers connected to the Internet are harboring malware that could cause problems for others in the Mac community.”

The Security firm also said that fixes were also released for Snow Leopard and Lion users.

The Flashback Trojan wreaked havoc earlier this year as the malware targeted issues with unpatched version of Java on OS X.

The update is going to scan Mac user’s hard drives for the most common variants of the Flashback malware and remove them from your system.

The update will also disable the Java plugin on your Safari browser.

“This additional level of protection when it comes to Safari users running Flash is good to see – as Adobe’s software is so frequently exploited by malware authors and malicious hackers to infect web surfers,” Sophos added.

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