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Apple users see serious ransomware attack

Paul Brislen, Editor. 08 July 2020, 8:39 am

If ever users needed another reason to avoid pirated applications, Apple users have found it in the form of a particularly unpleasant ransomware attack.

Apple users get off lightly when it comes to viruses and other forms of anti-social attacks and with the first ransomware for Apple only being seen in the wild four years ago, most remain smugly unaware of just how exposed they can be to such shenanigans.

Now, with the discovery of what's known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest, Apple users are discovering the joys of keystroke loggers, backdoors and ransomware, according to Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, who tweeted his findings last week.

Ransomware is becoming a major headache for corporates around the world and even locally several companies have been adversely affected by attacks on their systems. While attacks used to be the realm of script kiddies living in mom's basement sewing discord, the current wave of attacks are far more professional and suggest organised crime or even state-level actors (governments) are involved.

Late last month the Australian government issued a stern warning that it was seeing increased cyber-crime activity and that much of it was directed by government agencies (although it declined to name which government). The Australian federal government will spend an additional A$1.35 billion boosting its cyber-security capability, hoping to hire 500 new staff for its spy agencies, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Some of the funding will go towards an offensive capability - the first time Australian politicians have suggested such a tactic.


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