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Tech support scammers put Mac owners in crosshairs

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 23, 2015
Browsing to dodgy sites trigger fake warnings that urge users to call for support.

"The domain name is almost the same as the official [screen sharing] one from Apple," Segura said.

"These are definitely a threat to Mac users," Segura added. "Mac users just aren't as aware of the threat out there [from support scams] as are Windows users."

As of mid-day Thursday, the scammers' website remained up, even though Malwarebytes said it had reached out to both the domain's registrar, GoDaddy, and its hosting provider (Liquid Web), to point out the malicious intent.

Safari alert 
Tech support scams aimed at Mac owners rely on scary-looking messages like this that pop up while browsing. The messages, like the offer of technical support from these crooks, are bogus. Credit: Malwarebytes

 

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