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FBI Ransomware trojan now tricking Mac users into paying $300 fines

FBI Ransomware trojan now tricking Mac users into paying $300 fines: You’ve been caught viewing prohibited pornographic content. Now you need to pay $300 to “unlock” your Mac … or take your computer in for a potentially embarrassing servicing. Catch-22?

That’s the premise behind a new version of the FBI Ransomware browser trojan that is targeting Mac users. (No, it’s not actually from the FBI, that’s just the scam that it’s trying to get you to buy into.) And no matter how much your spouse might refuse to believe you, you don’t have to be viewing porn to get it. In fact, according to security expert Jerome Segura, all you have to do is search the web for a few popular keywords.

The secret of this “trojan?” There’s no actual infection, but the victim believes there is.

“That’s the beauty of the scam,” Segura told me. “You’re not actually infected – they make you think that you are, and most users believe it – and that’s the trick.”

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