A couple of days ago around 600,000 Macs were attacked by Trojan virus Flashback. Apple has recently pushed out a new update to try and stop the virus. Java for OS X 2012-002 will patch the weakness that the virus used to gain entry to your system. There’s no substantial change to Java itself, but according to security company Intego, this patch is essential.
“The Flashback malware has been very active in the wild, and can install with no user interaction, if Java is not patched”.
Basically, if you have a Mac, the chances are it hasn’t been infected, as the proportion of affected computers is pretty small. However, if you have been targeted by this virus, then you’re not going to know, that’s the whole point. So it’s advisable that you install this patch just to be on the safe side.
Has anyone had any issues with this Trojan or Java on your Mac? If you have be sure to leave a comment. If any of you are concerned by the virus and you’d like some guidance, head over to my Twitter and drop your question, I’ll be happy to help. (Make sure you follow while you’re there).