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Mac scammers are now masquerading as Apple

The seashore has been flattering transparent for Mac users over a final few months, with a decrease in pop-ups warning about infection, and charity to sell a resolution to problem that doesn’t exist.

The high-pressure scams are behind with a reprisal now, though, with Sophos comparison technologist Paul Ducklin covering several in his latest blog post; and they’re now roving a coattails of Apple’s brand.

In a past, identical scams for Windows-based machines avoided regulating a name ‘Microsoft’ – not that it done any disproportion to a legality of what they were doing. The Mac scammers have left a step serve by claiming to paint Apple’s Support Centre, to a border of hidden Apple branding and web pages – and indeed tidying them adult in a process.

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Sophos found a scams by visiting an putrescent site that displayed several scams, including 3 associated to Apple.

The initial was a above ‘Support Centre’ trick, that also enclosed an auto-playing text-to-speech voiceover with some glaring errors (apparently a viruses send sum to hackers ‘remottly’).

The subsequent pop-up used the tried-and-true ‘YOUR SYSTEM IS INFECTED’ format. Clicking ‘Proceed’ redirected to a feign pathogen scanner and a warning to download a third-party Mac utility.

The third and final fraud took a form of a flattering convincing Flash actor update, nonetheless ironically Adobe skipped Patch Tuesday this month. The couple wasn’t working, though, so Sophos couldn’t check only what repairs this one would do.

Macs, famously, are reduction threatened by cybercriminals than Windows PCs; though enemy are still out there. Sophos’ recommendations to Apple users are flattering standard: use hazard protection, don’t click different links and beware of shonky paid-for hazard insurance collection that lift we in with a giveaway scan. It’s all good recommendation – too many people put all of their trust in Mummy Apple.

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