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The company -- Dr. Web -- originally reported today that 550,000 Macintosh computers were infected by the growing Mac botnet. But later in the day, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan announced on Twitter that the number of Macs infected with Flashback had increased to 600,000, with 274 of those based in Cupertino, Calif.


@mikko, at this moment botnet Flashback over 600k, include 274 bots from Cupertino and special for you Mikko - 285 from Finland
— Sorokin Ivan (@hexminer) April 4, 2012

More than half of the Macs infected are in the United States (57 percent), while another 20 percent are in Canada, Dr. Web said.
The malware was initially found in September 2011 masquerading as a fake Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer, but in the past few months it has evolved to exploiting Java vulnerabilities to target Mac systems. A new variant that surfaced over the weekend appears to be taking advantage of Java vulnerability for which Apple released a patch yesterday.


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Just downloaded the fix for my Max. Just to be on the safe side.

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That was good info. Even though I dont have a mac, my sister does. Her email recently got hacked along with 1 of the online games my nephew plays. I passed along your info and she did the patch. I reminded her to go and xhange the passwords on everything. Was it 1 of the 600,000? Dont know but she should be fine now.....


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I read so many newsletters just keeping in touch with my interests that sometimes I think everyone should be interested in them too.

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