Apple Scammers Hold iOS Devices Ransom

iOS Devices held for ransom

Apple has announced that iOS device users should be wary of scammers who have been remotely locking users out of their devices for ransom by accessing their Apple IDs.

Symantec security-response manager Satman Narang stated that phishing emails disguised as password-reset messages sent from Apple allowed scammers to acquire personal information about an iOS user, lock the user out of his or her phone and demand money to restore the device. Continue reading

Files On Lockdown

Aware of malware? What about sites preying on victims? Hopefully you are up to date on the latest news concerning the malware/ransomware Cryptolocker.  This is a devastating malware delivered through email via a .zip file.  Once you open the .zip file, it installs a virus on your computer that locks up all your files.  The virus then puts a message on your screen with a timer.

The message will instruct you where to send a payment to have your files unlocked. If payment is not received within the allotted time, your files will be frozen and lost to you forever. Much to the dismay of the malware criminals, they are losing money to people that have been infected with Cryptolocker and don’t understand what is happening and/or how to pay the ransom fee.  So in the spirit of world-class customer service, according to NBC News, the criminals have launched a website for victims to get information on how and where to pay the ransom. See how a small business came forward to report their experience with this devastating malware. Continue reading

Can You Protect Your Business from CryptoLocker Ransomware?

How can you avoid becoming a victim? There have been numerous news stories about the computer ransomware known as CryptoLocker, which has earned its creators $30 million since its September 2013 release.  Also known as malware, CryptoLocker installs on a computer via an infected link in an email. These emails appear to be from reputable companies with content that encourages the reader to make a quick decision to click on the corrupt link.  Once clicked, the malware loads onto the computer and locks down all the system files. CryptoLocker targets the most common files used in everyday business like Word and Excel.  A message appears asking for $300-$500 to unlock the system, along with a warning indicating any attempt to remove the malware will make the files unrecoverable.

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