Fake Flash Player Scam Targets Mac Users
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Online scammers are once again putting Mac users in their crosshairs.
Researchers at the security vendor F-Secure have found a scam that is currently luring Mac users into downloading a fake Adobe Flash Player.
Adobe Flash is such a commonly used program that it's possible everyday computer users would think nothing of installing the software if they were presented with the option.
But this is no ordinary Flash . The rogue installer contains a hidden Trojan, called BASH/QHost.WB, which redirects Mac users to a Web page that looks strikingly similar to Google's official search page.
When a search request is entered into the fake Google page, results appear that, again, look legitimate, but contain a slew of pop-ups.
F-Secure traced the IP address of the fake Flash installer to a server in the Netherlands.
If you come across an unsolicited offer to install Flash Player, disregard it. And never download any email attachments , especially suspicious-looking ones, that you're not expecting. Corrupt attachments are extremely popular and covert vectors of attack for online criminals.
Lastly, just because you own a Mac does not mean you are impervious to online attacks. SecurityNewsDaily compiled a list of the 10 Best Anti-Virus Programs for Macs here .