Web crimes such as phishing, hacking and spamming spread like an epidemic during this Christmas season. The rise in online shopping, Black Friday shopping deals and other web transactions gave a good excuse to the malicious minds to wreak havoc.
Recently, Mac users became the latest hacking target of the cyber criminals. In the latest phishing attack, which took right after Christmas, a malicious e-mail from fake Mac support address was sent to the Mac users. The culprit was an e-mail that asked the users to sign-up for a fresh account and update their latest billing transaction, along with the credit card information.
The malicious minds behind the attack crafted the e-mail so well that it appeared genuine and seemed as if it is being sent directly from the company’s address. Even the link appeared to be similar to Apple website’s link.
"These well-crafted e-mails could fool many new Apple users, especially those who may have found an iPhone, iPod or iMac under their Christmas tree, and set up accounts with the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store for the first time," says security firm Intego that provides antivirus for Mac. Intego also reported that the specific target of the scam were people who started using new Mac, iPhone and other Apple products, purchased recently.
Since the rate of cyber crimes is accelerating with each coming day, you should make sure to take extreme precautionary measures by not clicking on any suspicious links attached to e-mails. Copying the URL in a fresh browser or directly accessing the company’s website would surely be a safer option instead. Your safety is in your own hands now.
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