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    New malware holds game data to ransom

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    New malware holds game data to ransom
    Achievement Locked: New Crypto-Ransomware Pwns Video Gamers | Bromium Labs

    This new malware holds game saves to ransom. It's based on a Flash vulnerability; could it impact a Mac or only a Windows PC?

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    Conceivably, both -- but realistically, it's a Windows thing with a low probability of any Mac issues.

    But why take the chance? Update your Flash to the latest version or just disable it. Potential problem averted!

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    So (genuine question) what makes it a low probability of impacting a Mac?

    Just want to understand so I can assess risks more accurately.

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    Read the entire article - all the modifications it is doing is under Windows.

    There is no registry in OS X, nor will a .exe program run in OS X.
    Internet Explorer (MSIE) is also not available for OS X.
    And it does not attack those browsing with Safari, Firefox nor Chrome.

    The answer "conceivably both" is accurate because the exploit is a Flash vulnerability.
    Whether that same exploit could be taken advantage of in OS X - who knows at this point.
    Keep Flash up to date and you won't have to worry about it at this time.
    I'm not really even sure that any of the past Flash vulnerabilities have ever actually had an exploit released in the wild that would run under OS X.
    A vulnerability does not equal there being an exploit taking advantage of that vulnerability.
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    New malware holds game data to ransom

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    Thanks, that makes sense and was kind of what I was thinking. Just wanted to be sure.

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