THE NUMBER of Mac OS X computers infected with the Flashback Trojan is falling and has dropped from around three quarters of a million to about 140,000.
Security firm Symantec has blogged that the number of infections is declining on a daily basis. This is no doubt helped by the number of firms that are offering cleanup tools and the recent patch release from Apple.
In a blog post Symantec said that although the number of infections is falling, it had expected to see a much bigger dropoff.
"The statistics from our sinkhole are showing declining numbers on a daily basis. However, we had originally believed that we would have seen a greater decline in infections at this point in time, but this has proven not to be the case," it said.
"Currently, it appears that the number of infected computers has tapered off, but remains around the 140,000 mark."
Symantec worries that perhaps some people are not using the various cleanup tools, one of which it offers, adding that if they had then there would have been a "dramatic" decline.
The Flashback Trojan infections have been the subject of a lot of attention from the security firms, and as well as offering their own solutions for it, many have come forward and criticised Apple and the system that let it spread out of hand.
"The reason for the Flashfake epidemic is hardly down to the naivety or slackness of Mac users. Apple itself for many years now has been cloaking users in a false sense of security concerning Mac OS," wrote Eugene Kaspersky of the Russian security outfit Kaspersky Lab earlier this week.
"All this time Apple has ignored the oft-repeated warnings of IT security experts and continued to pull the wool over its customers' eyes." µ
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