**Wiki-Link I was just made aware of a bit of "RANSOMWARE"** Making the rounds (via e-mail) I'm afraid to click on any of the Sites that PROMISE To Remove such things to get the Down 'N' Dirty but I figured I'd give a Heads-Up just in case.
Running my eyes over Google lines... it seems to have been making the rounds since Mid-October and who-ever is putting it out requests $300.00 for the unlucky computer owner to regain the use of his/her computer.
Ted saw it on the News, and warned me about it.. ..does anyone know any more about it? ..and are Apple Products vulnerable to this strain?
About this time last year I got the FBI ransomware on one of my computers ..took for ever to get it off so I could use it again, same thing wanted three hundred to turn my computer back over to me..this sounds like the same thing
This comment applies to malicious software ("malware") that's installed unwittingly by the victim of a network attack. It does not apply to software, such as keystroke loggers, that may be installed deliberately by an attacker who has hands-on access to the victim's computer. That threat is in a different category, and there's no easy way to defend against it. If you have reason to suspect that you're the target of such an attack, you need expert help.
OS X versions 10.6.7 and later have built-in detection of known Mac malware in downloaded files. The recognition database is automatically updated once a day; however, you shouldn't rely on it, because the attackers are always at least a day ahead of the defenders. In most cases, there’s no benefit from any other automated protection against malware.
The most effective defense against malware attacks is your own intelligence. All known malware on the Internet that affects a fully-updated installation of OS X 10.6 or later takes the form of trojans, which can only work if the victim is duped into running them. If you're smarter than the malware attacker thinks you are, you won't be duped. That means, primarily, that you never install software from an untrustworthy source. How do you know a source is untrustworthy?
Any website that prompts you to install a “codec,” “plug-in,” or “certificate” that comes from that same site, or an unknown one, is untrustworthy.
A web operator who tells you that you have a “virus,” or that anything else is wrong with your computer, or that you have won a prize in a contest you never entered, is trying to commit a crime with you as the victim. [Some reputable websites did legitimately warn users who were infected with the "DNSChanger" malware. That exception to this rule no longer applies.]
“Cracked” copies of commercial software downloaded from a bittorrent are likely to be infected.
Software with a corporate brand, such as Adobe Flash Player, must be downloaded directly from the developer’s website. No intermediary is acceptable.
Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be as safe from malware as you can reasonably be.
Never install any commercial "anti-virus" products for the Mac, as they all do more harm than good. If you need to be able to detect Windows malware in your files, use the free software ClamXav — nothing else. -*-*-*-*-
My guess is this has been around a while, and if not already a fix will be in from Apple in some security patch.
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