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.
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.
Whereas Windows users have been suffering from vicious ransomware attacks for years now, this isn’t nearly as much of a trend on Apple devices. Part of the reason consists in more robust defenses against the execution of unverified code. And yet, cybercrooks have recently pulled off a large-scale hoax where victims’ mobile gadgets, including iPhones and iPads, become locked and a ransom of $50 is demanded for unlocking. Find out why this is a rogue compromise and how to get around this block without paying a penny to the scammers.