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Apple Tries To Shut Down Security Firm That Discovered Mac Malware

Apple this week tried to shut down one of the domains of Dr. Web, the Moscow-based security firm that discovered the Flashback botnet last week.

Apple told a Russian domain registrar that one of Dr. Web's domains was acting as a command-and-control server for the 600,000 Macs in the botnet, but it later emerged that the server was merely part of Dr. Web's testing mechanisms, according to a report from Forbes.

This may have been a mistake on Apple's part but, nevertheless, it does highlight Apple's inexperience dealing with the security research community. Apple did end up releasing a software tool that detects and removes the Flashback malware, but its future response to such issues will no doubt be watched with hawklike intensity.


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