Scareware Targets Macs — MacSweeper
MacSweeper marks the first time a rouge “cleaning tool” has been developed and targeted to Mac users, indicating the platform is gaining enough users that it is catching the attention of malicious code writers, according to security firm F-Secure.
Windows users should already be aware of the rogue antivirus products, which use pop-ups and/or fake ‘scans’ to produce a list of “problems” that sound really scary or important (thus the moniker “scareware) — if you purchase the product to ‘solve’ the issues, your problems have just begun.
This is simply a version targeting Mac users.
Here is a video from F-Secure explaining the details and methods used.
Yes, all you Apple fans.. it’s time to stop thinking you’re immune from hackers, cybercriminals, and malware.
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