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Ransomware Scam Exploiting FBI Name Hits Mac OS X Operators

Malwarebytes the security company warns that a ransomware scam that threatens with Federal Bureau of Investigation directive and which has been popularly striking Windows-operators for long is presently attacking users of Mac OS X.

Like all types of ransomware scams, the FBI one too targets one fresh malicious program at Windows-PCs for extracting payment from victims via the accusation that they illicitly accessed porn. According to practice, ransomware relies on charges of law violation followed with referring to law enforcement for frightening victims. But, there's currently a change occurring since the ransomware in discussion has been found aiming at Mac OS X machines, states the security company.

Malwarebytes explains that the FBI-based ransom malware presents end-users one Web-page, which apparently looks official, with fbi.gov.id as the URL's starting, while there's a display of FBI logo on it. Essentially, it's a method of the cyber-crooks towards duping end-users.

Also during the scam, the Trojan aims at end-users via the utilization of "restore from crash" option within Web-browsers that doesn't allow the individuals to dissociate from the page. If they try shutting the tab, they will find a window popping that informs of their browser being made unfunctional. Further it demands a ransom as fine-payment, failing which their data files would get blocked while they'd face criminal procedures, the message indicates. The fine charged is USD300.

And besides blackmailing with criminal action, as also more nonsense, another fear is created through the ransomware i.e. charging victims with breaching copyright acts with respect to software, video and music, and also watching banned pornographic material for which they must financially compensate.

However, there's one tactic for avoiding the scam and not obliging with the USD300 payment. Users should open the Safari column followed with selecting "Reset Safari." After marking all the options, they should press on "Reset."

Malwarebytes comments that one can rest assured that many people will get ensnared with the above scam and oblige with paying the con artists the ransom cash.

Overall Malwarebytes advises, users should handle alarming messages on their screens prudently by reviewing them properly or talking to a friend else some specialist regarding it.

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