Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday March 06, 2016

First OS X Ransomware Detected In The Wild

The "KeRanger" malware is the first functioning ransomware attacking Mac computers and encrypts files on a machine three days after it is infected.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks Inc (PANW.N) told Reuters on Sunday. Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.