An emerging trend is becoming apparent recently. The increasing market share for Mac users has caused cyber-criminals to start reusing there code and techniques from PC's malware and re-purposing it for Mac's.
The threats being seen in the past couple of months have ranged from primitive Word macro attacks to much more advanced trojans.
When you take into account the ever increasing ransomware trend it's likely we'll see encryption style malware for Mac's very soon.
Ransomware was discovered in the wild for Mac's a couple of weeks ago, but the code was poorly written and didn't report back to command and control servers. These pieces of malware were found to be written almost entirely in the Swift programming language, which is the environment developers use to develop software for all things Apple. Because of the poorly written code, even if a victim were to pay the ransom, there is no way for the encryption key to be given back. This means the files would remain encrypted!
This poorly made malware is distributed via BitTorrent channels and is named "Patcher."
Three versions have been found; one hides itself as a cracking tool for Adobe Premiere Pro, the second one disguises as an Office 2016 cracking tool and a third seems to be an app called Prova.
Even though it's a poor effort, this is a reminder that Macs can be profitable ransomware targets as well and cyber-criminals are starting to notice in a big way. It's always wise to be proactive by maintaining reliable backups for files at all time, avoid the installation of questionable software and install reliable security software on your MAC or PC. Contact us for best in breed security software.
ES- Owner/operator of Computer Troubleshooters MB