updated 10:06 am EST, Thu January 9, 2014
Trojan horse Flashback botnet returns, Intego VirusBarrier includes protection
The Flashback botnet -- a malware attack which first appeared in 2011 -- has been noted as being still a threat in 2014, according to Intego. Beginning January 2, Intego studied command and control domains, and its sinkhole servers recorded all connections from Macs where Flashback is still active, trying to contact the command and control servers. This research, as of Tuesday, counted 14,248 unique identifiers of Flashback variants.
While the servers associated with Flashback have been shut down, rendering the malware ineffective, those Mac users interested in verifying that their machine is not infected with Flashback can download Intego's antivirus product, Intego VirusBarrier. A free Mac Internet Security 2013 trial is available, and pricing begins for one computer and one year of coverage for $40.
MeteoEarth now available for Mac, offering temperature map, geographic terrain visuals
Three-dimensional globe weather app MeteoEarth is now available for OS X. The app follows the recent launches of MeteoEarth for iPad and iPhone, and includes a detailed temperature map with geographic terrain visuals, exclusive to the OS X version. Adapted from a professional weather broadcast tool by MeteoGroup, MeteoEarth for Mac uses high-end gaming technology to provide seamless graphics that spin around the world, such as a rain front over Europe, or a hurricane approaching Florida. Animations can be paused to highlight a particular weather phenomenon, and can be moved about at will to display cloud cover, wind streams, rain and snow.
MeteoEarth allows users to graph temperatures, and track storm fronts hidden within cloud cover. Wind conditions can be monitored, and isobars can also be added to follow low and high pressure systems. Favorite locations can be saved in the app and there is a small widget available in the status bar. MeteoEarth is currently available for $5 in the App Store, with premium options priced at $2 and $6. Current subscribers of the premium version of MeteoEarth for iPhone or iPad will be able to use the Mac version as well.