While Windows users are currently in fear of getting their systems hijacked by the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, Apple users are sitting relaxed, thinking that malware attacks are something that happens to Windows users, and not Apple.
But you are mistaken – Apple products are also not immune to the hack attacks and malware infections, as an ebook can hack your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Apple on Monday pushed out software updates for iOS, macOS, Safari, tvOS, iCloud, iTunes, and watchOS to fix a total of 67 unique security vulnerabilities, many of which allows attackers to perform remote code execution on an affected system.
The cyber attack saw a harmful computer programme spread to about 150 countries, including the UK, Spain, Russia, the US and China.
22-year-old called Marcus – a UK security researcher who has his own company – helped to limit the damage.
He’s being called an “accidental hero” after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up stopping it from spreading.
Technology experts say the threat of another global cyber attack continues Tuesday morning, and they say there’s evidence North Korean hackers could be behind the massive malware assault that paralyzed computer systems world-wide last week.
While technology experts were able to contain this weekend’s attack, they warn the threat is not over.
“We are worried about the smart guys realizing what worked and what didn’t, and something else coming our way that might be a little better engineered,”
The hacking tools were first developed by the National Security Agency but were stolen and leaked, and now they may have been used by a North Korean hacking group.
“In this case, there is a fragment of the technology that was associated with Lazarus,” Gregory Clark, CEO of cybersecurity firm Symantec, told CBS News.
“The Lazurus Group” is a hacker collective with ties to North Korea, and experts at Symantec and other companies say they found a portion of the group’s previous malware coding inside the “WannaCry” hacking program used in last week’s cyberattacks.
The discovery was made by a Google security researcher, Neel Mehta, who pointed it out in a cryptic tweet on Monday the parallel between an early version of the WannaCry tool used last week and code used by Lazurus in several years ago.