Do you have an iPhone? This message is a scam!
iPhone users are exposed to various attacks by cybercriminals whose goal is phishing data. What’s more, this also applies to Poland, and the latest attack targets people using the Apple Pay service.
iPhone users targeted by scammers
We have heard many times that one of the advantages of iOS over Android is the higher level of security. Of course, Apple uses many mechanisms that allow criminals to close some avenues of attack, but this is mainly due to the more closed structure of the system – for example, the inability to install applications from external sources. On the other hand, the App Store is not a completely safe place and malware can be smuggled into the app store.
Of course, comparing the two systems in terms of security would require a thorough analysis and would probably take a lot of time to do. However, I dare say that both in the case of iOS and Android we can talk about a similar level of security when the user is aware of the threats and uses the commonly recommended precautions.
It should be emphasized that the main and most important shield that protects the device from malware and phishing attempts is the user himself. This is confirmed by phishing attacks that use crafted messages – often the security of the system itself is rendered useless when an unwitting victim clicks on a link and executes commands on a specially prepared website.
According to the website Niebezpiecznik.pl, this is the attack we are dealing with now in the case of Polish iPhone users. They send them text messages in which fraudsters try to convince that the payment card is blocked in the Apple Pay service. Of course, the messages contain a link to a page that pretends to be the original Apple website, but is actually being used to phish payment card data.
Best just don’t click on the link!
Yes, just clicking on the link and opening the page does not mean that we have immediately become a victim and criminals have gained access to our payment card. Just filling in the fields on the crafted website leads to the fact that we will provide the attackers with data to the card. Still, it’s best to curb your curiosity and simply not click on the link you receive.
However, if we have filled in the form and sent the details to the criminals, you should contact your bank immediately. It is possible then that we still manage not to lose money.
Finally, we must mention once again that buying an iPhone does not mean that we have just secured the highest level of security and protection against all possible attacks. It doesn’t work like that.