Scammers have been using ransomware to extort money from Windows users for a good while now, but over the past weekend a bunch of unlucky victims were hit with the first ransomware attacks to ever successfully target Apple Macs.
Ransomware works by encrypting the data on a computer’s hard drive, then informing the user that he’ll have to pay a ransom to the hacker in exchange for the decryption code.
In this case the scammers managed to infect version 2.90 of the popular “Transmission” app with the insidious KeRanger ransomware virus. The infected app was released on Friday, and users who downloaded it immediately infected their Macs with KeRanger. [Read more…]