Photo by Alvaro Uribe on Unsplash The Beginning The first ransomware attack, AIDS Trojan, was deployed over 30 years ago. Joseph L. Popp, a Harvard academic, is credited for this. At a World Health Organization summit in 1989, he distributed over 20,000 disks to delegates. These disks, labeled “AIDS Information – Introductory Diskettes,” would wait […]
Popular Paid-App, Adware Doctor, Spied on Apple Users One of the top five paid apps in the Apple App Store, was accumulating data on its users and sending it overseas. Adware Doctor, previously known as Adware Medic, was the fourth top app in the App store. It portrayed itself as a security product, gaining the […]
Ransomware & Spyware Targets Apple’s Mac Computers With Apple’s market share growing, it is fair to assume cyber criminals will broaden their hacking horizons beyond Windows PCs. Recently, ransomware was found targeting Mac computers. Ransomware, or the malicious software that encrypts user data and demands payment in order for the user to regain access, has […]
Leo Watson at digitaltrends.com offers a compelling confession of a former Mac user and his transition back to the PC.
Over the years I’ve attended a number of conferences and panels on what originally was called Spyware and Adware. I think we’ve finally settled on using the term Malware for any kind of spyware, virus, Trojan horse or any kind of unwanted computer invasion. I fondly remember my first conference in Washington DC which included panel discussions like “What is Spyware”.