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Apple just released its quarterly earnings report and it is safe to say that the company has had a stellar second quarter of 2017.

 

Some key figures: US$45.4 billion in revenue, US$8.7 billion in profit, 41 million iPhones sold, and 4.29 million Macs sold.

 

However, one of the most important figures is that sales of iPads returned to growth year-over-year for the first time since 2013.

 

Apple sold 11.92 million iPads in the last quarter, and this compares favorably to the 8.92 million units sold in the previous quarter. It is also substantially more than the 9.95 million units sold in the same quarter last year.

 

These numbers far exceeded analysts predictions. Most of them believed that sales of iPads would continue to fall.

 

Apple released the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in July, and also introduced a new iPad in March. It seems like these new products are a hit amongst users.

Some Mac users may have fallen victim to a new Mac malware called Proton. Over the weekend, the malware infected unsuspecting users by hitching a ride on a trusted server that hosted downloads for HandBrake, a popular DVD ripper and media encoding program. The malware provides a backdoor for malicious activity, such as stealing stored files.

At the point of propagation, none of the 55 most widely-used antivirus services detected Proton. As of writing, the VirusTotal tracking website showed only 12 services that are capable of picking up on the new malware. Researcher Patrick Wardle has plenty of other Proton details listed on his blog.

According to Ars Technica, the folks maintaining the HandBrake download mirrors said that one of their two servers was compromised by the malware. There is a 50 percent chance for a Mac user who downloaded HandBrake between May 2 and May 6, 2017 to be infected with Proton.

 

To check for the malware on your Mac, you can do a simple checksum verification by going to the Mac terminal and type in the following:

shasum /path/to/HandBrake-1.0.7.dmg

“path/to” refers to your HandBrake installation location/filename.

Alternatively, you can type “shasum” within Terminal and drag the file to the Terminal window. If it returns:

0935a43ca90c6c419a49e4f8f1d75e68cd70b274

You’ve struck lottery. Remove the malicious malware as soon as possible. To disinfect the Mac, you can remove the following Launch Agent plist file:

fr.handbrake.activity_agent.plist

Also remove the following file from your ~/Library/RenderFiles/ location:

activity_agent.app

Then proceed to nuke your Mac reset and change all passwords.

According to Ars Technica, Proton is a general-purpose backdoor malware that’s on sale on the Dark Web for as much as US$63,000. It offers keylogging, remote access, stealing of files, and the ability to take and upload webcam or screenshot video and images.