Security solutions and antivirus software

The launch of iOS 10.3 might have been hurried due to a fake ransomware

The new iOS update to version 10.3 that was launched on the 28th of March might have been hurried after some user have reported that their devices are blocked due to a ransomware.

A virus that acted just like the FBI ransomware, to be more precise a pop-up that accused the owners of the devices that they have accessed illegal porn or pirated music, that seemed to be hard to remove or get rid off. In fact the ransomware was a fake one, and by clearing the browser cache memory the users could gain back full access to their devices.

The ransomware was created using JavaScript, a code used frequently on many websites. According to security company Lookout, the attackers were requesting 100 pounds under a iTunes coupon that was suppose to be sent out via a SMS to a certain phone number in order to unlock the victims phone.

Researchers have written that: “in fact the malware was a fake one and it did not encrypt any data. The purpose was to frighten the victims in order to pay for the unlocking of the browser before they would realize it is no need to pay a ransomware to recover phone data or access to the browser.

The patch from iOS 10.3 did fix the problem, but prof. Alan Woodward, expert in cybernetic security at Surrey University has said that many iPhone users have avoided the update because it would have also bring some new features regarding the devices functionality.

I, for personal reasons, have not updated my iOS since version 10.0.1 and I also recommend waiting for a couple of days before doing any updates, because not all updates are good. Have you updated to the new iOS 10.3 due to the fake ransomware?


An Xagent malware for macOS steals browser passwords, takes screenshots and grabs iPhone backups

The guys from Bitdefender have recently discovered an Xagent malware for macOS users, capable of stealing passwords, taking screenshots and stealing iPhone backups from the Apple computers.

Most likely, the malware is developed by the APT28 cybercrime group, but Bitdefender can’t be sure. The Malware contains some modules that can scan the computer for hardware and software configurations, find all the running processes and run malicious files. Also, it steals the passwords saved in the browser and takes desktop screenshots.

APT28 is the group that hacked the computers from the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year during the presidential election. For now, we don’t know how the malware spreads, but the best way to avoid it is to download software only from the Mac App Store or trusted sources.

Despite the fact that macOS is Unix-based and so, the user permissions are more restrictive, compared to Windows, hackers managed to create viruses and malware for Apple’s platform as well.