Apple Mac Users Hit By Malware
There is a first time for everything, and for some Apple Mac owners, becoming the victim of a cyber attack that has allowed Malware known as ‘ransomeware’ to infect their beloved computers, this is a particularly unpleasant and unexpected first.
The extent of the spread of the malware among Apple Mac users is not yet known but the malicious program is thought to have been hidden in the client of a popular program that is used to download and share music and movie files. The malicious software, dubbed “KeRanger” by the researchers from Palo Alto Networks who discovered its presence was hidden in an open source version of a BitTorrent client called ‘Transmission’ which could be downloaded from the Transmission website.
What Does It Do?
This type of ‘ransomware’ is one of the fastest growing kinds of malware programs.
The reaction from Apple upon being informed of the presence of KeRanger in Transmission was to stop any further spread by quickly preventing Transmission from being installed on any more computers by revoking the developers' certificate. The developers at Transmission then released a new, clean version of the software, and placed a notice on their website requesting customers to upgrade immediately.
Why Such A Shock?
The reality of cyber crime is that nothing appears to be completely safe and if the motivation is strong for the criminals and if the challenge is tempting enough, a committed cyber criminal can usually summon up the creativity to find a way.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
In the broadest sense this should act as a warning to all businesses that we are all at risk of cyber attack, and that taking as many precautions as you can now is a way to at least act as a deterrent, and is the only real way to reduce the risk.