By rolling out the iOS 10.3 update in late March 2017, Apple has addressed a massive outbreak of Safari Mobile scareware, where iOS users would be blocked from using the browser due to a persistent hijack. Victims were confronted with recurrent redirects to police-pay.com, blocked-police.com or similar legit-looking pages that displayed misleading “Cannot Open Page” popups and demanded money to remove the blocking. Learn how the company’s research team was able to outsmart the bad guys.
The robustness of Apple’s security architecture for both their desktop and mobile platforms has prevented intruders from compromising the company’s customers on a large scale. And yet, some incidents do pop up once in a while. A group of black hat hackers claim to have gained access to hundreds of millions of accounts belonging to Apple clients. They demand a whopping ransom for not wiping peoples’ devices and not disclosing any sensitive information.
Seeking additional profit and invading new niches for their foul business, cybercriminals have ventured to target the traditionally deemed virus-proof Mac OS X. The malicious instrument being utilized for this campaign is called the FBI Cyber Department MoneyPak virus which hijacks Safari browser and displays false accusations in an attempt to extort a fine from victims. This article provides tips on how to avoid paying the ransom and get rid of this particular malware.