Domains to steal data from Apple users soared before the iPhone 12 launch

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Apple announced last Tuesday, the 13th, the launch of its new line: the iPhone 12. In addition to arousing the curiosity of consumers, the novelty also attracted the interest of cybercriminals, especially in scams that seek to steal the Apple ID and the user password. A survey by Kaspersky’s analytics team shows that the number of new malicious domains mentioning Apple skyrocketed on the eve of the brand’s announcement. While, throughout this year, the average number of new suspicious domains was 100 per month worldwide, in September, there were 1,950 domains, most of which were aimed at capturing the credentials of Apple users.

According to analysts at the cybersecurity company, the tactics used by criminals to steal this data vary. Among the pretexts used by fake websites are from the promise of finding lost devices, to restoring access to accounts.
Phishing sites that mimic Apple’s support services have also been found. According to the analysis team, it is likely that the latter were created with the aim of stealing user accounts. However, the features did not work properly and were just a “blueprint” for software. Analysts add that scammers like to use these pages as a precaution so that when one feature is blocked, they can activate another.

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