eXtensions - Sunday 9 July 2017
Cassandra - No I don't Have a Virus and Apple is not Trying to Help me
By Graham K. Rogers
I did a lookup of "apple.com-webbrowsing-security.review" which gave me two IP numbers: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52, which appear to be from a location in Toronto. This site needs to be shut down.
If there were some malware (unlikely), and this was something that Apple was sending to some users, this would alarm again if I tried other pages. I started with the Apple site, then Amazon and a few more with no alarm page appearing. I suspect that my initial trigger was a mistyped URL. Just as I removed it and typed again, I noticed it changed to "w3" instead of www", but by then it was gone. This new attempt was well-crafted and had a timer that was ticking down from under 2 minutes, increasing any pressure that some users might feel. Unless you have malware protection installed, this type of warning is probably more risky than anything already on the system. Stay vigilant.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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