Blackmail is becoming the scourge of the present-day online world, mostly due to the ubiquity of ransomware. Crypto infections, though, are chiefly the prerogative of threat actors who focus on targeting Windows, although a few Mac samples have been spotted this year as well. Hackers who zero in on Apple devices prefer an easier route, such as the email@example.com screen locking fraud.
Although Apple is generally doing a great job securing their devices from malware attacks, hacking is quite a common encounter for this platform. Moreover, cybercrooks are obviously thinking out of the box as they have started weaponizing features that are otherwise helpful, such as Apple ID. A recent wave of such hijacking engages the firstname.lastname@example.org email address in the blackmail chain.
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.