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Scary ransomware hack hits Apple gadgets in the U.S.

Scary ransomware hack hits Apple gadgets in the U.S.
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A few days ago, I warned you about a dangerous new ransomware attack that's holding people's iPhones, iPads and Macs hostage in Australia. This hacking attack takes over Apple mobile devices and Macs and locks them down until the owner pays a ransom to the hacker.

Now, the attack has hit American shores.

Victims of this ransomware hack will find out that their phone is completely locked. They'll see a message pop up on their phone informing them that the device has been hacked by someone named "Oleg Pliss." Before this obvious pseudonym will unlock the phone, you'll have to wire a sum between $50 and $100 to a PayPal account.

Take my advice: Don't pay up! Here's what you need to do.

CBS2 asked a Rancho Cucamonga Apple store employee about how to fix the problem. Users who have experienced the cyber attack are advised to bring the locked phone in for your phone to be restored. However, unlocking the device will cause the user to lose everything from music to contacts if the phone has not already been backed up.

Sohm, meanwhile, has one piece of advice for fellow Apple users.

“Back up your devices. Do it now.”

Apple gadgets aren't the only computers hit by ransomware. Earlier this year, we saw a major attack on Android phones and tablets. Plus the CryptoLocker and CryptoDefense viruses recently wreaked havoc on computers around the world.

I highly recommend you keep your phone, tablet and computer updated with the latest powerful security software. Click here to visit my Security Center to keep your expensive gadgets and priceless data protected.

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