New Mac Ransomware Spreads via Torrents, Paying Doesn't Get Your Files Back

The code misses some lines so the decryption key can’t be sent to the attackers, which means your files are lost


                               Here's how you download the malware


Feb 22, 2017 15:57 GMT  ·  By Gabriela Vatu

New ransomware malware is targeting MacOS users. Called “Patcher,” the new campaign uses BitTorrent distribution sites as the way into people’s computers. 


Security firm ESET rings the alarm about these patchers people are trying to download, which instead of the promised file actually contain the malware.


More specifically, when people try to download the patchers from torrent sites, there’s only one ZIP file which contains the application bundle. According to the security firm, this particular ransomware was discovered in files that were supposed to fix Adobe Premiere Pro and Microsoft Office for Mac, but more could be out in the wild.


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