“The Java-exploiting malware OSX.Flashback.K variant has ceased to be a meaningful threat to Mac owners, and the number of infected Macs has dropped to one-sixth its high point in just over a week, reports utility vendor Symantec,” MacNN reports.

“The malware, which was the most successful attack thus far in the Mac world due to a slow updating of Java, was never much of an actual security threat but did manage to reach around one percent of installed base, a record for [Mac OS X] malware penetration,” MacNN reports. “A number of factors have played a role in reversing the malware’s course, primarily some quick action from Apple once the Trojan’s infection rate began to rapidly increase. In part, however, Apple’s lethargy in pushing out an update to Java (Oracle had corrected the flaw about six weeks earlier) is at least partially why the malware was so successful in the first place.”

MacNN reports, “Still, the company was finally roused to become aggressive about the problem, and quickly posted three slightly-revised updates to Java as well as its own detection and removal tool, including a version for Lion users who hadn’t installed Java.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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