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Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet

Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes | about 2 years ago

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Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Now that it's being increasingly targeted by botnet herders, Apple has a thing or two to learn about cooperating with friendly security researchers.

Boris Sharov, the CEO of Dr. Web, the Russian security company that first reported that more than half a million Macs were infected with Flashback malware last week, says that when his company alerted Apple to the botnet, it never responded to him. Worse yet, on Monday Apple asked a Russian registrar to take down a domain that it said was being used to host a command and control server for Flashback, but in fact was a "sinkhole" that Dr. Web had set up to observe and analyze the botnet. Sharov describes that lack of communication and cooperation as a symptom of a company that has never before had to work closely with the security industry. "For Microsoft, we have all the security response team’s addresses,” he says. “We don’t know the antivirus group inside Apple.”"

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