Apple’s Mac devices hit by first ever ‘ransomware’

Ransomware

Apple computers are not safe from attack. A new piece of malicious software called “ransomware” has hit the company’s devices for the first time.

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks said they spotted the ransomware on OS X on March 4, and reported the issue to Apple the same day.

The company immediately took steps to protect Apple customers from further attacks.

Ransomware is software that hijacks a computer, and locks a user’s files until a ransom is paid.

The software used this time has been dubbed keRanger, and requires victims to pay one Bitcoin, which is a little more than $400, to retrieve their files.

To attack Apple computers hackers infected two versions of a program that installs the file-sharing tool called “Transmission.”

PC and Mac customers are urged to always back up their files to a cloud storage system or external drive to save any possible files that may be taken as part of ransomware.

Users are also urged to avoid downloading any apps from outside of the Apple App Store and to verify the location of all downloads before proceeding.