The worst thing about Mac users, other than their love of sitting in Starbucks mooching off the free WiFi and writing screenplays, is their cockyness in regards to not getting computer viruses.
Luckily for all us humble PC users, the apple munchers have been subjected to a pretty bad threat (which is really only lucky if you’re terribly mean).
Thought to be the first ‘ransomware’ to target macs, this new virus locks the swanky computers and demands £280 for an unlocking.
Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats. How it works is that it encrypts data on computers and then usually makes users pay a ransom in hard-to-track online currencies for a code to unlock the machine.
“[The “KeRanger” malware] is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom” Palo Alto Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson said in an interview.
An Apple representative announced that the company had taken action over the weekend to combat the new threat but chose to keep us in the dark in regards to the technicalities…
This infection comes from open source software, Transmission, which was infected. So if you haven’t downloaded that, you’ll be fine. Apple have now updated their software to warn users of downloadable programmes that are a threat to the system.
Palo Alto Networks has a guide of what to do if you suspect you’ve been infected. You can read it here.
If someone tried to charge me £280 to use my computer, I’d thank them for a reason to bin it and get a new one…
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