Hackers earned from Google ad sense

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Security firm Symantec found out that the company that was most hurt by the recent flashback variant attacks that exploited a java software flaw and dealt damage to about 600,000 Macs around the world was search giant Google, Inc.

The firm’s researchers found out that a huge sum of money was stolen from the sites Google ad clicks to sites that were determined by the hackers.

The attackers were able to make 0.8 cents per click. The security firm said that the hackers could have gotten about $10,000 per day during its heyday.

While Russian based company Dr. Web was able to catch much of the traffic from infected machines that they were trying to send to their servers.

They were able to discover that about 60% of the Macs that were infected by the Flashback were Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, while 25% of those infected were running on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Those that were running on Apple’s latest OS, the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion only had a share of 11%.

Microsoft recently released a blog posting that details on how big the danger is on those Mac users who run Office for Mac that was patched way back June 2009.

Lion users are safe from this flaw since its non-executable memory feature prevents Office software to be changed while still running.

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