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    French car maker Renault is one of the latest major organizations to be hit, and said it had halted production. “We have been affected,” a spokeswoman told AFP, saying they were assessing the situation to try to find a solution.

    The ransomware known as WannaCry is believed to be responsible. It locks users’ files and demands money to restore them.

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    I am ashamed to admit that I know all about these so called 'Ransome Malware' attacks because I, believe it or not, reacted to a similar attack, that completely locked up my computer, by trying to 'negotiate' with those bastards. I was completely clueless and helpless. Like taking candy from a baby. Those 'bastards' usually have Indian accents. In my case, they posed as 'Apple Technicians', even showing images of themselves wearing blue Apple Tee shirts. "You will pay us US$500 and we will fix computer!" In my bedazzlement I even allowed them access, remotely, to my computer. Fool that I am. And to think that I scoffed at the multitude of old fools that allow themselves to be scammed and subsequently part with huge sums of money. Ultimately, after going through agony, I enlisted the help of my neighbour who is an IT specialist, and who somehow 'neutralised' and in so doing minimised the damage.
    Next day I went to the Apple Store where they gave me a help number that connected me to an expert, a lady in this case, who walked me through my entire computer and eliminated any nastys that may have been planted. At least I hope so. i was particularly worried about 'key stroke tracking' which would give the enemy access to everything I keyed in, including passwords and credit card numbers. She also supplied a malware detecting program for free, which might offer some protection in the future. Added to that, I bought another anti virus program that my neighbour recommended. Better safe than sorry. Anyway, so far so good. They have not cleared out my bank account yet, as far as I can tell. But, you never know.
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    A remarkable post.
    I hadn't heard that they were targeting apple mac computers at all.

    Bertie, presumably yours arrived via download from visiting a compromised website or was installed by an evil 'Telecom technician' after a phone call?

    As I understand it, the 'wannacry' worm/email malware only works on unpatched windows devices, not apple macs.

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    I am ashamed to admit that I know all about these so called 'Ransome Malware' attacks because I, believe it or not, reacted to a similar attack, that completely locked up my computer,
    Similar not necessarily the same as the current Wannacrypt malware.

    I'm not surprised Mac is being targeted, it was only a matter of time.
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    I would've thought that the main reason that Macs haven't been targetted historically is that they have a small percentage of the PC market. Is this correct?

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    [QUOTE=Peter Chisholm;1519106]I would've thought that the main reason that Macs haven't been targetted historically is that they have a small percentage of the PC market. Is this correct?[/QUOTE

    Probably true, however "hackers" may now be trying to increase market share.

    And a few percent of all PCs translates to lots of bitcoin ransomes.

    Dare I say Mac users can be "easy targets" due to their belief that Macs aren't able to be hacked ?
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    The ones you currently see for Apple Macs are only trying to get you to give them access to your machine.

    You restart your machine and the same message comes up in Safari. OH NO :-(

    But, so far so good you have not let anyone in yet or given them your Administrator password.
    They need this to change your computer

    The simple fix is restart Safari while holding the Shift Key, this clears all tabs and the message.
    Run Virus Scan

    Back to normal for a Mac.
    No guarantees here but make backup on Time Machine NOW after you read this

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    The ones you currently see for Apple Macs are only trying to get you to give them access to your machine.

    You restart your machine and the same message comes up in Safari. OH NO :-(

    But, so far so good you have not let anyone in yet or given them your Administrator password.
    They need this to change your computer

    The simple fix is restart Safari while holding the Shift Key, this clears all tabs and the message.
    Run Virus Scan

    Back to normal for a Mac.
    No guarantees here but make backup on Time Machine NOW after you read this
    Thank you for that useful advice Mr 'driven', but in my case regrettably way way too late as I was well and truly 'suckered'!
    Discussing my unfortunate 'incident' with the 'genuine' Apple experts, I was told that a popular ploy is to 'sell' the hapless 'victim' a cure for their computer, take their money, and then transfer them to a 'real' Apple technician to carry out the rectification.
    Considering that they present themselves in Apple-like blue Tee-shirts on their web-site, that may quite possibly be true. That means they bug your computer, extort money from you under the pretence of fixing the problem, then hand you over to Apple. Quite ingenious!

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