Apple Is To Blame For Malware Outbreak

by Toan T
As everyone might know, there recently has been some talks about how some Mac systems were infected by some malware. The article that I read pretty much talks about how Apple to blame for this issue. The malware is known as Flashback, an attack that relies on vulnerabilities in Java to talk over systems. Originally, everyone thought it was Oracle’s fault for not creating a patch for this since Java is owned by Oracle. However, many people are saying that Apple is the one to blame for this incident. Oracle has long created a patch to prevent this form happening, but Apple is in charge of the Java patching cycle. So Mac users did not receive the update until two months after the patch was released from Oracle. The outbreak was said to be preventable had Apple release Java update in a timely fashion instead of taking their security updates too lightly. Apple is also notoriously known for being slow when releasing patches so hackers had six weeks to discover the vulnerabilities and exploit it. So far, about 2% of Mac users are infected with Flashback which making it one of the largest botnets on the planet.

The reason I chose this article although it might not be relevant with this week’s topic is because I feel that Mac users take internet security too likely and often neglect the fact is fact not all systems are safe and there is always a way to find vulnerability and exploit it. Hopefully, this incident will open Apple’s eyes when it comes to security because this shows that Macs are just a vulnerable as PCs. And no, I do not hate Apple products.


Source: Kingsley-Hughes, A. (2012, April 12). How Apple Is To Blame For The Flashback Malware Outbreak – Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved April 23, 2012, from

2 thoughts on “Apple Is To Blame For Malware Outbreak

  • April 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I like your topic, I don’t necessarily agree with you saying that apple takes too long in release their patches or updates. Apple just doesn’t slap together an update and through it over the air. It’s a long process and things must be resolved before they can be fixed. You only hear about apple problems these days, and how long they take to resolve these issues. PC’s have many problems, half of them probably never get solved.

  • April 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Yes- the patches had been there and yes- Apple is extremely meticulous is screening their patches but those are not the only factors. The user should also be accountable for clicking the update button as well and exercising security practices while connecting to the internet.

    Blame is such a harsh word to use especially about a person (programmer or project manager) but I suppose blaming an incorporated entity makes it okay, right?

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