Apple Cyber Security

Cybercriminals seek out wealthier Apple owners for scams


By John Glenday, Reporter

April 14, 2016 | 2 min read

Cybercriminals are prioritising their activities against Apple owners over other products in the belief that such people are likely to have a higher disposable income, a security researcher has warned.

Until now Microsoft’s Windows platform has been seen as the greatest risk, with malware much more common but blogger Graham Cluley warned that this does not mean Apple users could ‘afford to be lackadaisical’ in their attitudes to security.

This follows a recent text message scam in which criminals warned victims that their Apple ID accounts were about to expire, directing them to a mirror website mimicking Apple’s own which askedfor personal details and account data.

Cluley said: “It tried to grab personal information and credit card details with the aim of committing identity theft.

"They deliberately took advantage of people's trust in the Apple brand to steal information.

"Avoid clicking on links in emails because they might take you somewhere phishy. Instead go to the website directly and log in that way."

Apple warns its customers never to input their details to any website with the bulk of account management taking place within iTunes.

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