The launch of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max was exploited by criminals to deliver scams using the Apple name. Kaspersky security experts detected at least 1,950 new Internet addresses related to the Apple brand in September alone, even before the device was revealed. The fake pages took advantage of the expectation surrounding the cell phone ad to attract inattentive consumers, who end up sharing personal data with hackers.
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According to Kaspersky, the scams focus on methods to try to obtain users’ Apple IDs, as well as registration data and passwords associated with apple services and products. The fraud attempts were revealed by the security company last Wednesday (14), a day after the launch of the iPhone 12. However, the company has not confirmed the number of people affected.
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Phishing attacks that use the new iPhone as bait can vary, but one of the ways to deliver scams that experts have identified is the fake tech support pages. Typically, these spaces are offered by Apple for customers to ask questions and discuss problems and solutions involving the products.
Since you need to log in with an Apple account to access support resources, the fake version of the page may be sufficient to obtain valid user credentials. Without realizing it, when trying to access the version created by the criminals, the user actually ends up sending his login and password to the hackers’ servers.
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In other attacks, the hook used by criminals to trick users can vary. There are promises to restore access to blocked Apple accounts, or even access to resources to find cell phones and other devices that have been lost.
According to Kaspersky, there are some important measures that can help to prevent you from becoming a victim of these scams. Be wary of promotions and services with extremely advantageous promises, such as Apple’s blocked account recovery. In addition, it is essential to check the authenticity of the sites, making sure that the addresses and pages are really official.
Finally, avoid clicking on links distributed by SMS, WhatsApp and social networks. Kaspersky also recommends the use of updated antivirus and systems, reinforcing the importance of using solutions that offer some level of security against phishing attacks.