Multiple virus attacks have been reported recently which have attacked companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Apple.
It seems these are different virus types but the most recent virus can potentially allow hackers to attack through a backdoor. This type of virus is called a trojan horse. The virus infects computers through various means. Earlier virus attacks were through email attachments however this most recent virus attacks through a browser enabled to run Java. One can actually disable Java plug-ins from running through your browser settings.
Java is an Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) language which follows portability methodologies that allow a developer to compile the code to "write once and run everywhere".
Details from Oracle's website
- Java is an OOP programming language while Java Script is an OOP scripting language.
- Both require different plug-ins.
Preventing this Virus
To protect your computer from this virus one needs to disable Java within your browser:
- In Safari
- Click Safari
- Click Security
- Remove the check mark on "Enable Java"
For more details about this Trojan Virus reference The Safe Mac posted February 19th, 2013. Also watch for updates from Apple.