Ads displayed on web pages can be backend-borne or isolated to a specific machine. The former case is okay as it reflects the garden-variety ecommerce – most advertisements we see online are generated this way. The latter instance, though, should be a wakeup call to a user, because it is a symptom of adware activity going on behind their back. The combo of MyMacUpdater and Shopperify viruses is responsible for deploying this type of fraud.
Social engineering isn’t restricted to real-life tailgating, dumpster diving or cold-calling. Present-day crooks who operate online have leant to incorporate various manipulative techniques into cyber realm, and the success of such activity is enormous. The trick involving xvidsetup.exe process exemplifies just how prolific the exploitation of “human vulnerabilities” is on the Internet.
Online tech support scams are on the rise for a reason. They are so prolific and effective because their essence is twofold. One facet involves a piece of malware that hijacks a browser, and the other revolves around exploiting human credulity and desire to keep a computer safe. The large-scale Zeus virus Mac scam wave, which has migrated from Windows environment, is quickly gaining momentum as an instrument to defraud Mac users of their money.
Compared to previous status quo on the cyber-threat landscape, online crooks are apparently taking their perpetrating activities a notch further as a new Ransomware-as-a-Service platform called MacRansom is underway. This malign framework is intended to make extortion through crypto malware as common for Macs as it is for Windows. The shady affiliate model in question allows would-be criminals to distribute viable Mac ransomware without investing any intellectual efforts in development.
There are so many impostors in the digital world. Some unscrupulous vendors cash in on Mac users’ natural desire to keep their machines running safe and smooth. The application called Malware Crusher deliberately raises red flags on low-impact performance issues, cache files or even inexistent malware in order to dupe people into registering its full version. This rogue program is also double trouble as it typically installs itself on Macs without user consent.