|Scam Of The Week: Apple ID Suspension Phish With A Twist|
|OK, this scam is widespread enough to alert your users about it. The email claims to be from Apple Support and says your Apple ID and iCloud are both going to be suspended because you did not complete verification on time. With the massive amount of new Apple devices being sold at the moment, this attack may hit many employees.
Supposedly Apple sent you an earlier email about this but they did not receive a response. The email has a “Verify now” link that allows you to complete the verification process and save your account from suspension. (Yeah, sure.) If an employee clicks the link, they land on a bogus Apple login page asking for their credentials. But wait, there’s more!
You will be taken to a second fake page that asks for a large amount of your personal and financial information including credit card and banking details. The page is designed to look like a real Apple webpage and even includes seemingly legitimate information explaining in detail why you need to complete the verification process.
This scam even has retaliation against investigators testing the phish. If you enter false data that includes words such as ‘scam’ into fields on the fake form, your browser will automatically redirect you to a preconfigured Google search for pornography.
I suggest you send the following to all employees, and while you are at it, friends and family will also benefit.
“You need to watch out for a phishing scam that seems to come from Apple. The email is supposedly from Apple Support and they threaten that your account is going to be suspended because you did not reply to an earlier verification email. The phishing email has a link that allows you to “verify now” but if you click the link, you land on a bogus webpage that looks like it’s Apple but is a fake, and it tries to manipulate you into giving out your password, credit card and other personal information.
Don’t fall for this scam. Always go direct to the website of your vendor and do not click on links in emails that look like they are legit. Think Before You Click!” Happy and Safe Holidays.”
Apple announced the second major update to iOS 9 since its September launch. iOS 9.2 features a number of bug fixes as well as updates to Apple Music, iBooks, Podcasts and News.
Rather than just relying on algorithmic sorting, as it had done previously, Apple is now going to use human editors to curate a top list of news stories it thinks you’ll want to see each morning and afternoon. The about-face is an interesting one, and should add additional value to a native app that I’m quite fond of already.
Aside from the bug fixes, which are much-needed, the coolest feature update in my opinion is a tweak in the way Safari View Controller handles third-party apps.
The update allows integration with third-party applications so that you have access to LastPass or other applications from within the View Controller window of non-Apple apps, like Narwhal, the popular Reddit app for iOS.
Additionally, iBooks gets 3D Touch support and other native apps, such as Music and Podcasts get minor updates to improve functionality.