There are cyber threat actors who handle their attacks without mittens and act too straightforwardly to slip below any radars. There are, however, much craftier perpetrators who think out of the box – ones like those behind the latest wave of the OSX.Proton malware incursions. Learn what distribution method is used this time and how to get rid of the baddie if infected.
It may be hard to tell a pseudo Mac optimization tool from a genuine one these days. Light-fingered vendors have gotten good enough at software design to evoke customer trust while providing dummy services. This is the case with the TuneupMyMac app to an extent. It infiltrates Macs without asking for authorization and then inflates the system with fake error reports.
It’s generally okay when advertisements are displayed on web pages. This can be a regular upshot of site admins’ marketing strategy where they try to get the bang for their buck by allowing various merchants to promote their products and services via legitimate ecommerce mechanisms. In the case of MyCouponize ads, things turn the other way around. These annoying objects are typically isolated to a specific Mac computer infected with the corresponding adware.
Ransomware is the real scourge of the present-day digital world. Whereas dealing with other computer infections boils down to plain removal, the fix in a cyber blackmail scenario is much more complex due to the involvement of cryptography in the incursion process. Mac ransomware, though, tends to be a little less complex, engaging a social engineering component along with the abuse of the Find My iPhone feature.
When it comes to compromising Apple devices, black hat hackers are confronted with elaborate security barriers. Some call it quits and repurpose their attacks to zero in on machines running Windows, while others persist and contrive frauds like the email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ransom attacks. Learn how this malicious mechanism works and what to do if your iOS or macOS device ends up locked this way.
In terms of the present-day cybercriminal techniques, manipulating humans is almost as effective as exploiting software vulnerabilities. Threat actors know perfectly well about most users’ apprehension of digital viruses, therefore social engineering frauds typically revolve around keywords like “virus”, “malware”, or “security problem” to turn that sensitive switch on. This is exactly the case with the recent iPhone virus popup scam.