April 11th, 2012 | University

ITS warns students about Mac Flashback Virus

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Mac users across campus, beware — due to issues found in the Apple version of Java, Macs are now vulnerable to viruses, and Yale’s Information Technology Services is taking steps to warn students.

A lot of websites that college students frequent — think Facebook and Skype — contain links and ads that could infect computers with the Flashback Trojan Virus. The virus is designed to take passwords and personal information through a web browser. To improve Mac security, ITS says students should check for security updates often and upgrade antivirus software.

Over 600,000 Macs are part of an expanding botnet, mostly in the U.S. and Canada. As of last week, Yale computers have been unaffected by Flashback, according to ITS. But Flashback could be one of the biggest attacks to the safety of Macs ever. Constant vigilance, Yale!

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