Dr. Web estimates that about 600,000 Macs, most of which reside in the US (55 percent) and Canada (19.8 percent), are now infected members of the Flashback botnet. Apple’s support pages states earlier that the company is developing a tool that will remove the Flashback trojan from existing machines. As promised, the company issued a Java security update which removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
What good news is coming today that the numbers are in the urge on to decline and Symantec projects that less than 99,000 machines will be infected by the end of today. There’s no clear explanation for why it’s taken so long for these remaining devices to be cleaned out, nor is there any clear correlation between Apple’s actions and Symantec’s statistics.