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iPhone Users Fooled by Fake Ransomware

iPhone Users Fooled by Fake Ransomware

Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks.

The ransomware ran on Javascript – a code commonly employed by many websites.  

In a blog post security firm Lookout said the attackers demanded £100 in the form of an iTunes gift card with the code sent via text message to a designated mobile number.

Its security researchers wrote: "...the attack doesn't actually encrypt any data and hold it ransom. Its purpose is to scare the victim into paying to unlock the browser before he realizes he doesn't have to pay the ransom to recover data or access the browser."

Cybersecurity expert at Surrey University, Professor Alan Woodward, said some users have decided not to update their phones because it also includes other changes to the running of the device.

He said: "some people have held off thinking it sounds fairly major, but obviously if they do that they won't get the protection.

"There is this feeling that iOS [Apple's operating system] and Apple devices in general are less vulnerable.

"This shines a light on the fact that nothing is invulnerable. JavaSript is cross-platform and it's a matter of how you manage it."

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