Francisco (AFP) - The bane of "ransomware" used by hackers to hold
data hostage was expected to begin striking a small number of Mac computers on
at US computer security firm Palo Alto Networks said that they alerted Apple
over the weekend to the discovery of malicious code they named
"KeRanger" crafted to infect Mac computers and deny people access to
their own pictures, documents and other digital data until money is paid.
believe KeRanger is the first fully functional ransomware on the OS X
platform," Palo Alto Networks said in a blog post, referring to the
operating software that powers Mac computers.
got KeRanger into Mac machines by infecting the open-source program
Transmission used to transfer files at a file-sharing network, according to the
researchers who say they caught onto the attack shortly after it began on
has tormented users of Windows-powered computers for years but this is a first
for computers powered by Apple software.
malicious code encrypts digital data, with access only restored if victims pay