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.
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.