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MAC Tech: Hackers are selling Mac ransomware that could cause ‘real damage’

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The idea that Mac computers are more secure than Windows machines might be a myth.

Security researchers have found two types of malicious software which apparently target Macs for the first time.

Ransomware — malicious software that encrypts your data and
then demands payment for decryption — is more commonly a problem for
Windows users, but it’s also recently been a growing problem for Macs.

What’s still less common on Macs is ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) schemes.

These are essentially affiliate models, where attackers use
someone else’s ransomware package to launch an attack. They then hand
over a cut to the ransomware author. The advantage is that you don’t
need to be particularly tech-savvy to launch an attack by using someone
else’s code. Attackers haven’t bothered targeting Macs, because most
people use Windows.

It looks like that’s changing.

Research firm Fortinet found a RaaS programme
called MacRansom advertised on the dark net, and while the programme
doesn’t sound all that sophisticated, could still do “real damage.” We
first saw the news on the BBC.

Fortinet’s researchers contacted MacRansom’s creators
directly and received a message back. The creators claimed to be
engineers for Yahoo and Facebook and that they were making their malware
available “for free” because more people were buying Macs.

“Unlike most hackers on the darknet, we are professional
developers with extensive experience in software development and vast
interest in surveillance,” the anonymous authors wrote.

These are probably tall claims. Fortinet analysed MacRansom
and described it as “far inferior” to equivalent programmes that target
Windows machines, but said it could still cause mayhem.

“It doesn’t fail to encrypt victim’s files or prevent access
to important files, thereby causing real damage,” the company wrote.

Fortinet advised Mac users to regularly backup their machines and be suspicious when opening unusual files.

Another set of researchers at AlienVault discovered more malware created by the MacRansom authors — this time malicious software that reads your files.

MacSpy was advertised similarly to MacRansom, and claimed to
hoover up victims’ files, offer access to social media accounts, and
disguise itself as a legitimate file.

AlienVault’s researchers said as more people buy Macs, there’ll be more instances of targeted malware.

They wrote: “While this piece of Mac malware may not be the
most stealthy program, it is feature rich and it goes to show that as OS
X continues to grow in market share and we can expect malware authors
to invest greater amounts of time in producing malware for this
platform.” According to Netmarketshare figures, more than 90% of the world’s computers run Windows. The second most popular operating system is Mac OS at 6%.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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