Researchers at Fortinet contacted the ransomware writers pretending they were interested in using the product and, soon afterwards, were sent a sample of the malware.While Apple's Mac has a much smaller marketshare than Windows PCs, it could be an interesting demographic for ransomware makers because Macs are more expensive and could contain more valuable data than the typical Windows PC.
Analysis revealed that it used much less sophisticated encryption than the many variants seen targeting Windows machines, said the firm.
However, they added, any files scrambled with the ransomware would be completely lost because it did a very poor job of handling the decryption keys needed to restore data.
"Even if it is far inferior to most current ransomware targeting Windows, it doesn't fail to encrypt victim's files or prevent access to important files, thereby causing real damage," wrote the researchers.
Ransomware is going after Apple Mac computers
Posted on Wednesday, Jun 14 2017 @ 13:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck