Last week we blogged about how Apple’s Mac OS X users are vulnerable to the FBI Ransomware attacks. These social engineering scams come in the form of a stern warning from the FBI stating you have been caught doing something illegal. The user’s machine is then locked and a ransom of $300 must be paid to restore normal access to the computer.
The ransom pages came with two designs based on the victim’s geolocation: FBI or Europol.
Today, I discovered further customizations showing that the bad guys are busy updating their templates for each country’s police force.
The post I wrote about the FBI Ransomware Now Targeting Apple’s Mac OS X users has received a lot of attention. Perhaps it did because we seldom hear about Mac users having to deal with malware – not that it does not happen, because it certainly does – but when it occurs, everyone wants to know about it.
At the end of the day, it still manages to appear as though it did in fact block your computer and will unfortunately be convincing enough to have people fork over several hundred dollars.
Now, let’s answer your questions.
For years, Windows users have been plagued by ransomware demanding several hundred dollars to unlock their computers.
The bad guys know there is a growing market of Apple consumers who, for the most part, feel pretty safe about browsing the Internet on a Mac without the need for any security product.
Cyber-criminals, well known for not re-inventing the wheel, have ‘ported’ the latest ransomware to OS X, not by using some complicated exploit but rather leveraging the browser and its ‘restore from crash’ feature.
Update: Read our Q&A for the latest about this ransomware.
(Scroll all the way to the end of the post for a video on how to remove this Apple ransomware.)