According to the Better Business Bureau, cyber criminals are using new software that can infect your iPhone even if you don’t download anything – and even if you don’t click a link.
This is known as a “zero-click” attack and it can take control of your device. Then criminals demand cryptocurrency so that you can take back control of your phone.
You should never pay the ransom as it does not guarantee a solution to the problem. You should report this to the FBI as well.
To avoid hacker attacks, keep your software up to date as soon as patches or new operating system versions are available. And never click on suspicious links or downloads.
Other tips for preventing “zero-click” attacks:
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the FBI, recommends consumers and businesses Take measures to protect electronic devices from cyber attacks.
BBB joins that National Cyber Security Alliance by suggesting the following cyber hygiene protections:
-Do not click on links from unknown sources. Even if you think you know the sender, use caution when clicking email links. Delete if in doubt. Be especially careful with messages that require quick action, ask for personal information, or threaten you in any way.
-Keep machines clean and up-to-date with software. Prevent infections by updating critical software as patches or new operating system versions are available. This includes mobile and other internet connected devices.
-Use strong authentication to access accounts, especially critical networks. If you need more than one username and password, you can prevent access through stolen or hacked credentials.
-Perform regular backups of the systems. Systems can be recovered in the event of ransomware and current backups of all data speed up the recovery process.
-Make better passwords. Require long, unique, and strong passwords to better secure accounts against intruders.
-Enable popup blockers. Pop-ups are regularly used by scammers to spread malware. Prevent pop-ups from appearing in the first place by adjusting your browser settings.
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