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    I've since cleaned up my macbook but would anyone be able to tell me what happened to have caused this? Was someone really trying to hack my computer? I have no idea how it happened, my mom used my laptop for about 10 minutes and suddenly this was happening and she couldn't tell me what she did she is clueless.

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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums.

    As a first guess, this looks to me like a scam. So, first off, don't be tempted to click on a link or follow this up. Do nothing at the moment.

    May I ask how this was received - email or - probably most likely - left behind when your browser was closed?

    My guess, and it can only be that, is that you or your mum came across this while surfing the 'net. Possibly bundled in with a site that she visited.

    If that is the case, it is easily dealt with. But I'd like to know how you discovered it.

    And, no, you have not been hacked.

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    One thing you can do to help prevent this from happening in the future, would be to use a non admin account as your everyday account on your Mac.


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    @kibawolfe

    Have you got some answers for us, please? I'm sure we can rid you of this scam, but need to have more details.

    Apart from the warnings I gave you regarding clicking on links, please don't be duped into downloading any Anti Virus apps. Some of these sites intend to scare into believing you are infected and con you into getting "their special" AV app.

    There are no viruses in the wild which affect Macs, as yet, but there is malware of which your case is akin to - not true malware but "conmare".

    We are here to help.

    ian
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    Why was Mom using Terminal? What I see is that all that warning stuff was entered into terminal, bash appropriately said it didn't understand and the gibberish was repeated.
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    Ah, now we are getting somewhere, Jake. Have to confess I didn't recognise that it was in Terminal. I'm too scared to use that.

    Where do we go from here?

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    This thread was started back in November. But the screen shot is from October. And the OP hasn’t returned since it was posted.


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    Yes, well spotted. Let's move on?

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    In order to pop up the terminal on a remote system, one would need to login with SSH on the remote system. While it is possible that the person already hacked the system and could do this, it's very unlikely. Once one owns a system, why mess with the end users? There's no hacker who will tell you, that "DATA TRANSFER IS IN PROGRESS...".

    The more likely scenario is that the website visited had a terminal emulator running and the browser had been sized to full screen. Simply closing the browser would have eliminated the perceived threat.

    At least that's how I've looked at this...

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