Russian-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky reported that the identity cyberattacks on the IOS operating system and Mac computers were 1.6 million.
Kaspersky announced that the number of phishing attacks on users of Mac computers, iOS-based mobile devices, and related web services reached 1.6 million in the first half of the year.
The number of cyberattacks is about 9.0 percent higher than the number of cyberattacks in the whole of 2018, and the increase in the number of people using popular digital devices has attracted more and more cyber-criminals, according to Kaspersky.
According to the Kaspersky report, the most common fraud methods are stealing Apple ID account information by imitating the iCloud interface. Links to these services usually come from spam emails that seem to come from technical support teams. These emails indicate that the user account will be locked if the link is not clicked.
Another common fraud is that the computer is under serious security threat and will be solved immediately with a few clicks and some money.
Kaspersky Security Investigator Tatyana Sidorina made the following assessment of the investigation:
“While these fraud methods are not technically new, we believe they are a greater danger for Apple users than users of other platforms, such as Windows or Android. This is because the ecosystem of Mac and other Apple devices is generally considered safer. Therefore, users are more careless when faced with fake websites.
“On the other hand, stealing login information for an iCloud account can have serious consequences. For example, a malicious person can remotely block the IPhone or iPad and completely erase the data in it. We encourage Apple users to be more cautious of emails that are reported to come from technical support and request credentials and click on a link.