Security firm Kaspersky Labs has confirmed at least 600,000 Apple Macs have been infected with malware. The malware, known as Flashback, is targeted Safari and Firefox web browsers, and is designed to steal passwords to online banking and other websites visited by users of an infected Mac.
Security experts have warned for some time that Macs are not any more secure than Windows PCs. Many Mac users believe they are safe against malware, but the reality is that cyber-criminals have chosen in the past to go after the much larger number of Windows PCs.
A Mac without the latest Java update can be compromised while visiting a malicious Web site or one that contains a poison link secretly installed by a criminal. Clicking on a malicious link can run code through Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox browsers without the user knowing. The solution to protect yourself is to update Java with the latest update from Sun MicroSystems.