Mac users are finding themselves on the receiving end of a scheme that previously scammed Windows users out of hundreds of pounds.
Remote scammers have been targeting Mac users by sending users fraudulent notifications alerting them to apparent compromises in their system’s security.
Users are then directed towards a remote assistance service, which mimics the legitimate Apple services conducted through a unique secure session.
Mac users are targeted by pages to make them believe that there is something wrong with their device, prompting them to call a number to fix the problem.
Once connected, users are asked to download a program which will enable ‘Apple’ to remotely control their device.
This deviates from Apple’s technical support precedent, which allows for a Certified Technician to log into user devices without downloading any external software through the domain ‘ara.apple.com’.
Malwarebytes, the firm responsible for posting news of the discovery, has advised users to “be particularly suspicious of alarming pop ups or websites that claim your computer may be infected”.
“Remember that Apple would never use such methods to have you call them or would never call you directly either,” the firm said in a blog post.
The security company also reminded users that despite the rising numbers of Macs under fire, “all systems are targeted, not just Windows PCs”.
A similar scam has been targeting Windows users for years, convincing them to pay companies claiming to be ‘Windows’ in order to maintain their security.
The scams aimed at Windows users frequently call users and prompt them to display a part of their system which will show them errors.
The remote scammers then often claimed that this is a security flaw, and directed Windows users through a similar course of downloading external software and asking for payment to protect their computers.
You can read an account of one of the attempted Windows scams on the Ars Technica website.