NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oxford Muses on Mac Flashback: Worst Outbreak Since Blaster Posted by Sean @ 14:25 GMT

So how bad was last month's Mac Flashback outbreak and who suffered the most? Our guess: it was bad, and university IT help desks. And it looks like our guess might not be far off the mark.

Oxford University Computing Services' network security team (aka OxCERT) has written that they dealt "with what is probably the biggest outbreak since Blaster struck the Windows world all the way back in the summer of 2003."

OxCERT dealt with around 1000 incidents for Blaster. They've seen several hundred Flashback incidents… "and they keep on coming."

Other institutions, such as The University of Manchester, have detailed that the large number of infections exist mainly within halls of residence.

Do you work for a college or university IT help desk? Have you experienced a significant uptick in mac malware cases? We're interested in your comments (and stats).