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Apple Fights Back Against KeRanger Ransomware

Category: General News
Posted: 04:39PM

Ransomware is a type of malware that operates by encrypting your files and then asking for a ransom, typically in some form of crypto-currency such as bitcoin, in order to regain access to the files. The KeRanger ransomware was first discovered by Palo Alto Networks and operated through two infected versions of the Transmission BitTorrent client. The hackers were looking for one bitcoin, which currently equates to around $400. Apple was alerted to the malware on March 4, and the quick fix applied by the company could ultimately prove to have saved a lot of people a good chunk of money. The malware itself "was signed with a valid Mac app development certificate, which is how it was able to skirt around Apple’s Gatekeeper protection mechanism." Apple has since revoked the certificate and updated the XProtect software while Transmission has also updated its software and is advising users to upgrade.

Source: Tech Crunch

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