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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ransomware appears on Apple for the first time!

Apple users targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign

"This is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom," Ryan Olson said in a telephone interview.

the malicious program first appeared on the Tranmission website, he said.

The Transmission site offers the open source software that was infected with the ransomware. Transmission is one of the most popular Mac applications used to download software, videos, music and other data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer information sharing network, according to Olson.

Representatives with Transmission could not be reached immediately for comment.

The project's website,, on Sunday carried a warning saying that version 2.90 of its Mac software had been infected with malware.

For the first time, Mac users have to worry about malware that locks their computer and demands a ransom

Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts all the data on your computer until you pay the attackers a ransom (often in bitcoins), has been a big problem for Windows users for years.

And now the first successful ransomware attack on Mac users occurred this weekend, using malware designed to lock files on a targeted computer three days after infection, reports Reuters' Jim Finkle. Targeted users could start seeing their files locked on Monday.

given the rise in popularity of Macs, particularly in businesses and other targets with deep pockets, this also might be just the beginning of ransomware in the wild for Macs, and comes into the your computer in other ways.

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