Apple Macintosh OS users have been threatened with a functional Ransomware, which as per officials is the first official ransomware attack on Macintosh PCs. The first attack took place on March 4th. The “KeRanger” Malware is what this is known as. Apple officials have reportedly revoked the certificate of the app developer through which the Ransomware software was gaining entry into user systems.
Ransomware encrypts your files and asks for a ransom amount in order to decrypt it. The ransom amount has to be paid electronically in a digital currency which is untraceable. Ransom Amounts reach upto several millions of dollars every year. Microsoft has witnessed the most number of Ransomware attacks in recent years.
The KeRanger Malware infects the computers three days after it takes root in a system, which means that the ones which reported the malware on the 4th of March had been infected on the 1st of March itself. The Transmission website ( the one used to download most Apple applications including music, games and software) holds the open source software that was infected by the Ransomware attack.
Palo Alto has issued a warning on Sunday stating that version 2.90 of its MAC software has been infected by KeRanger. It advises users to upgrade to version 2.91 or delete the old one, and are also providing technical information to check for system infection.
Ransomware is an emerging new threat, and ant-virus companies have been working hard to eliminate it. Recently, Kaspersky Security solutions had notified about an increase in the number of Ransomware attacks. The more viscous varieties that emerged in 2015 include Fadeb, Ztorg trojans and Leech that infiltrate mobile devices through in-app advertising. Ransomware attacks have been more commonly observed amongst users in Germany, Kazhakastan and Russia.