Apple developing Flashback malware removal tool

In response to Flashback malware that’s been in the news lately, Apple on Tuesday revealed that it is developing a tool to detect and remove it.

There is no date that the tool will be released, but considering it is Apple, it should be available on its support Web site or even the built-in software update in Mac OS X. The software is not the only thing that Apple is doing, however.

“In addition to the Java vulnerability, the Flashback malware relies on computer servers hosted by the malware authors to perform many of its critical functions,” Apple wrote on its Web site. “Apple is working with ISPs worldwide to disable this command and control network.”

Apple updated Java on April 3 to fix the Java security flaw for systems running OS X v10.7 and Mac OS X v10.6.