Safari update on iOS 10.3 prevents criminals from acting in a ā€œransomwareā€ scam

O iOS 10.3 finally it was released yesterday to the general public and, I believe, many of you have already updated your iDevices and are enjoying the news coming with the new version of the system, like the new file system Apple File System (APFS) or the Find My AirPods feature (for the three or four of you who have already purchased Ma's new wireless headphones, in this case).

A novelty, however, went unnoticed but was very welcome for those who have the habit of enjoying content, say, libidinous by the official iOS browser. I say this because, in this most recent update, Safari has received a small change that will curb an attack from now on that was becoming very common on pornographic sites when accessed from Apple's mobile system.

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Who explains the mobile security firm Lookout: when it entered some infected adult sites, Safari was the target of a series of popups in JavaScript that created a kind of loop infinite (no pun intended, please) and essentially blocked the browser in that pitiful state. Meanwhile, an obviously false alert from a law enforcement agency was displayed on the page, stating that the content was illegal and the user should pay a ā€œfineā€ in the form of a $ 100 iTunes Gift Card, sending the code in an SMS message to a specified number. After sending, the browser would be released.

Obviously, for any user a little more familiar with the scammers of the internet world, this scam would be easily identified and put aside, just close Safari and clean the cache in the Settings application. However, we all know that the proportion of ā€œsmartā€ users on this vast and frightening little web, and therefore several unsuspecting poor ransomware.

Well, now more: with the arrival of iOS 10.3, Safari now deals with popups separately by tab, therefore, the windows no longer occupy the entire application window, making it possible for the user to simply close the problematic tab and go on with their life, or rather, their navigation is inappropriate for minors.

(via 9to5Mac)