Apple has issued an iPhone software update to iOS (10.3) after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset’s browser.
“The scammers abused the handling of pop-up dialogs in Mobile Safari in such a way that it would lock out a victim from using the browser. The attack would block use of the Safari browser on iOS until the victim pays the attacker money in the form of an iTunes Gift Card. During the lockout, the attackers displayed threatening messaging in an attempt to scare and coerce victims into paying”, reports Lookout Blog.
The attack was initially reported to Lookout’s Support desk by one of our users running iOS 10.2. The user reported that he had lost control of Safari after visiting a website and was no longer able to use the browser
Read more: Mobile Safari scareware campaign thwarted (https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2017/03/27/mobile-safari-scareware/)