Some Apple computers are being affected with a new nasty malware. The virus is acquired by visiting a certain website. The website is embedded on a link in a fake email, the cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes reported last week.
Upon clicking the link via the Safari browser, Apple PC users are redirected to a website that loads malicious code onto the computers based on the version of the devices’ operating systems.
The malware causes either of the two actions: In one case, the malware opens the Apple computer’s iTunes program to launch multiple times without closing. This crashes the program.
Another case causes the computer’s Apple email client to create a flood of draft emails with the subject line “Warning! Virus Detected!” The emails aren’t sent to any address, but the flood eats up the computer’s memory and freezes it in the process.
To make things worse, the malware provides an Apple support number in either the email draft or on iTunes to fix the problem. The support number is false, and it’s possible that the number is owned by a person pretending to be an Apple employee and will charge for money to “repair” the PC. Check out screenshots of the email containing the malware below.
Tech support scam for iOS with season's colours (safari-get[.]com). pic.twitter.com/xtTBCISNRp
— Jérôme Segura (@jeromesegura) December 24, 2016