Last weekend Apple computers were infected. Criminals demanded a ransom for data from users – reported theguardian.com. The scenario repeats itself, but for Mac users it is a novelty.
Ransomware – this date worth remembering. This new form of attack on the end users of electronic devices. Cybercriminals encrypts data on infected computers and blackmail their owners. Do you want to remove the lock? Pay. Then you will get the key. Unless you have a backup copy of the data.
According to theguardian.com attack was discovered by researchers from Palo Alto Networks.
– This is the first attack on the Mac enviroment, in which criminals encrypt files and are trying to get ransom – said Ryan Olson, director of safety in Palo Alto Networks.
He added that users of Apple devices have to already deal with malware called ìKeRangerî from March 4, 2016. Lock the data appeared after three days, on March 7.
In the case of ransomware it is very difficult to break the lock yourself without the help of professionals. The more victims pay, the more attacks will happen.
Similar attacks occurred in February. One of the louder examples was locked data in Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which was attacked on 5 February. Data was able to unlock 10 days later, after the payment of the equivalent of 17 thousand USD bitcoins and information services went around the world on February 17. According to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, none of the patients suffer, there was also data leak outside.
– Until recently, we had to deal mainly with trying to extort access to credit cards and passwords to banking. Ransomware is a new type of threat, which need to be prepared. As for another type of Internet crime, in which hackers attack not only companies and institutions, but mostly end-users. This is the action on a much broader scale. Where to start? Do not open suspicious messages, hold a current protection, you should also back up your data. Despite many appeals and reminders about safety very few private users remember this – adds the CEO Soflab Technology.
How to protect yourself?
1: Update macOS client and server OSes
2: Keep applications current
3: Back up, back up, back up!
4: Secure data storage and transmissions