Once again: Why you shouldn't blindly install things on your Mac
A new group of bad people (the Internet is filled with them) have found a way to prey on unsuspecting folks who are typo prone. As someone who is habitually not paying attention when banging on the keys, It caught my eye.
It seems that people who accidentally misspell a URL and end it with .om versus .com are being redirected to sites that only exist to serve malware. Sites many of us visit every day have been spoofed, such as Citibank, Dell, Macy's and Gmail. Our testing hasn't seen the issue on the listed sites, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
According to Endgame:
People who land on a typosquatted page are faced with a pop-up that suggests they install an update to Adobe Flash, but instead are installing OS X malware known as Genieo, which "entrenches itself on the host by installing itself as an extension on various supported browsers (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari)."
We want to send out a heads-up and also remind everyone to never install any software you didn't specifically ask for.
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