Beware the iCon: Calendly Calendar Invites the Latest Apple for Hackers’ Eye

Beware, Mac users! Hackers are hijacking Calendly to set up bogus meetings, baiting you with the promise of investment gold—only to steal your cyber riches with malware masquerading as tech support. Stay savvy, stay safe. #MacMalwareMeetups 🍎💻🔒

Hot Take:

Remember when getting a calendar invite was as exciting as finding out you had a secret admirer? Well, those days are over, my friends. Now, clicking on a seemingly innocent ‘Let’s Sync Our Calendars’ link might just sync your Mac with some grade-A malware. This cyber tale of deceit and stolen dreams proves that even your calendar can betray you. It’s like finding out Santa Claus is actually a hacker in disguise – and he’s not coming down the chimney to leave presents, but to swipe your cryptocurrency stash. Stay frosty, people – the calendar wars have just begun!

Key Points:

  • Hackers are putting the “con” in “Con-ference Call” by using Calendly to spread Mac malware.
  • They lure victims with the sweet siren song of cryptocurrency investment opportunities.
  • If the link fails, don’t worry, the scammers’ “IT team” is here with a “helpful” script – that’s malware in a trench coat, folks.
  • One savvy victim smelled the rat, dodged the malware bullet, and refreshed their Mac quicker than a cat on a hot tin roof.
  • Advice from the wise: Treat links from strangers like that questionable leftover sushi – don’t click it!

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Shady Calendaring: A New Olympic Sport

So here's the lowdown: some enterprising digital pickpockets decided to go phishing in the stream of high hopes and fat wallets. They reached out via Telegram, not with a heartwarming sticker, but with dreams of crypto glory. The bait? A chit-chat about pouring money into the next big thing. The hook? A Calendly link to plan this oh-so-promising meeting.

The Meeting That Never Was

As the day of the 'big meeting' dawned, our protagonist clicked the link, only to be greeted by the digital equivalent of a tumbleweed. But fear not! The scammer's 'IT team' swooped in, capes flapping in the binary breeze, with a brand-new link. And yet, the plot thickens, as this link led to an "Oopsie Daisy" error message, complete with a 'fix-it' script that was more Trojan Horse than handyman special.

The Trojan's New Clothes

Instead of a video call, the script dressed up a nasty little trojan in its Sunday best and introduced it to the victim's Mac. Realizing the party was over, our vigilant victim went full Mission Impossible: changing passwords, wiping drives, and reinstalling macOS like a boss. The only casualty? Evidence of the malware's true identity vanished into the digital ether.

The Moral of the Cyber Story

Let's boil it down to the broth: when a stranger sends you a link, look at it like it's a piece of gum on the sidewalk — don't pick it up. Keep your gadgets as up-to-date as your social media profiles, and maybe consider a digital bodyguard in the form of a sturdy firewall. After all, it's a jungle out there, and even the calendars have gone wild.

Pro Tips to Keep You Off the Naughty List

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About the Author: Benedict "Cyber Sleuth" Collins

Benedict Collins isn't just any writer; he's the Sherlock Holmes of cybersecurity with a knack for uncovering the dark arts of phishing and malware. Before his life as a journalist, he was spicing up ice hockey streams with his mad production skills. With a couple of heavyweight degrees in his corner, Benedict throws geopolitical jabs and dives into the murky waters of state-sponsored cyber shenanigans. When he's not decrypting the world of digital espionage, he's probably getting lost in a pub garden or cheering on the sidelines of a rugby match.

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