It’s being reported that over 600,000 Macs are now infected by the Flashback trojan, a “drive by” piece of Malware that doesn’t need administrator privileges or even a password prompt to successfully latch on.
The PC pundits couldn’t be more excited. Finally, they say, the inevitable has happened and smug Mac users are finding out what it’s like to be a PC user.
“It was only a matter of time.”
Last week, a security outlet exposed a weakness in AT&T’s system which revealed the personal email addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G / AT&T customers.
AT&T has since apologized to those customers via email while simultaneously laying blame for the breach on Goatse Security, the organization that exploited the vulnerability before sending a sampling of the emails to Gawker Media. (Gawker Media, it’s worth noting, is currently in the spotlight due to an ongoing iPhone 4 prototype theft investigation.)
The situation now boils down a “who you gonna believe” debate between Goatse Security and AT&T, with each side saying that the other is more at fault. Goatse Security wants to be the hero, and AT&T wants to be the victim.
Meanwhile, Goatse Security takes its name from an infamous photo in which a man spreads his asshole open in an effort to provide an improbably large gaping hole for the world to see. As such, concerned customers who wish to learn more about the masked hero who swooped in to protect their, uh, inboxes, will instead be exposed to one of the most notoriously disgusting viral photographs ever posted to the internet.
Assuming a Google search for “Goatse” actually lands someone on the Goatse Security website, they’ll instead be confronted with the GS Logo: A stylized illustration of fingers spreading open a gaping asshole.
Despite all that, Goatse Security seems to expect thousands upon thousands of affected consumers to believe that their intentions were good, that they aren’t primarily out for publicity, and that you can take everything they say about internet security and the inherent risks of this security breech at face value.