Mac Ransomware? Yup…


Ransomware knows no bounds

Nicole Reineke at Unitrends recently published an article about a new attack vector for Ransomware –Macs. (https://www.unitrends.com/blog/mac-ransomware) She says “…and although it is crude, it is certainly effective.”

“There is no truth to the idea that Apple’s computers are somehow harder to hack—either through viruses, exploits, or social engineering—than their Windows or Linux counterparts. The reason for their relative security is simple. Apple computers represent only 7.4% of the global market share, and 13% of the market share in the US. With fewer computers on the market, it’s simply not been worth it for hackers to write specialized malware.”

Quoting further from the article:

“Crude, slightly broken, and definitely dangerous

This new ransomware variant, the creatively-named MacRansom, is definitely not up to the standard of the finely-crafted malware, such as Cryptolocker, that’s been giving Windows users so many headaches. It only encrypts 128 files at a time, and it’s so poorly coded that it mangles the files it encrypts. Unfortunately there’s still a way that they can get a hold of your enterprise backups albeit slowly.

Therefore, even if victims pay up the $700 ransom, they’ll never be able to fully restore that data.

There are some technically-sophisticated aspects to this virus, but nothing stunning. It copies features that were used in previous versions of Apple ransomware, such as KeRanger, and incorporates techniques to hide itself from antivirus. These are all features that have been seen before on malware targeted at Windows machines.

The real danger posed by MacRansom isn’t in its technical wizardry, but rather in its availability. MacRansom is part of a growing category of ransomware known as Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS). MacRansom isn’t the sole intellectual property of a single group of criminals—it’s for sale.”

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