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NSA documents reveal plan to infect millions of computers with data tracking malware

  • 12/03/2014 at 18:32 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Spy ViewAnother alarming find in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown the NSA’s intention to infect millions of computers globally with malware. The malicious implant would siphon data from targeted computers in massive quantities, giving otherwise protected devices an open backdoor.

This appears to be a joint effort by the NSA and the British GCHQ. Listening stations have been placed in the UK and Japan, though the primary center of operations is in Maryland, USA, where the primary headquarter is located.

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More than half a Million Mac Computers are Hosting Malware

Mac OS XAn amazing 600,000 Apple computers were struck and conquered by the Flashback Trojan, Dr. Web from Russia claims. It infiltrates as a malware and then converts the machine into a botnet. A botnet is a network of machines vulnerable to the control of someone other than it’s users. What is worse is that more than half of these infected Macs reside in the U.S, according to Dr. Web’s estimates.

As could be expected, Apple responded with a security patch. Without the patch, your system lies vulnerable or at worst infected already. So do not wait to patch your Apple.

Flashback made itself known by disguising as a simple update on Flash Player. Accepting the request put the malware on the unsuspecting user’s computer, followed by a deactivation of selective security features.

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Apple is no longer immune to Malware

Apple and MalwareIt seems like Apple has seen better days. One of the first things an Apple Specialist will tell you when you’re looking into purchasing a Macbook is that you won’t have to deal with any type of virus or malware. And the truth is that Apple computers had been immune to those for quite a long time… until now when they are confessing that the malware has gotten worse.

How is malware attacking Mac users? Well, it seems to be that the trap – referred to as Mac Defender – is when making use of Google images. When clicking on a bad picture it will take the user to a window that reads like this: “To help protect your computer Apple Web Security have detected Trojans and ready to remove them. Cancel – Remove all”. As you can see the rather bizarre wording of the “alert” can make any English speaker suspicious but the appearance of the message might trick anybody. Users that have just started to use Mac might be fooled easier since they are not aware and don’t know what to expect as an alert.

When this message pops up, it’s trying to get the user to install a certain program that will “remove all Trojans”. The user is probably thinking that the computer is really infected so he or she will most likely install it.

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