- February 3, 2016
Since Friday 4th March, Apple Mac users have been targeted in a ‘first of this kind’ Ransomware attack known as “KeRanger”, basically, a virus that encrypts all of your data and then forces you to pay ($400, roughly £282) to unlock it or it deletes the data.
Once your computer is infected it takes 3 days for the pop up (asking for money) to appear.
Ryan Olson, threat intelligence director at Palo Alto Networks told Reuters:
“This is the first one in the wild [a ransomware virus affecting Macs] that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom,”
“Transmission is one of the most popular Mac applications used to download software, videos, music and other data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer information sharing network”
Apple have already put in place some steps to prevent the spread of the virus by revoking a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs however it must be noted this would not stop the virus completely (yet).
How to avoid?
How to prevent the most damage?
More information can be found on the Palo Alto Networks website (or pretty much every news website)