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Ransom Scam Targets iPhone Users

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 by | Filed Under: iOS, Security Help, Smartphones

A ransom scam tied to the Safari browser has been targeting iPhone users.

According to the security experts at the Lookout Blog, the scammers took advantage of the way Java handle pop-ups in the mobile browser and used it to take over and basically lock users out of their browsers.


Threatening messages told users that their device had been locked for illegal pornography by a cyber crime unit.and that money must be sent to  The scammers demand payment with an iTunes gift card. Other messages targeted people downloading music,

Scammers demand that money be sent to websites named things like Police Pay, Justice Dept., Federal Justice, Cyber Crime and other official-sounding names.  The scammers demanded payment with an iTunes gift card.


The browser isn’t really locked, but the continual pop-ups make it seem that way. You could get rid of the pop-ups by simply clearing the browser cache, but many panicked users don’t’ realize that.

Apple has issued a security update to take care of the problem, so it’s important to make sure that you update your phone to iOS 10.3 if possible.

~ Cynthia

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