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Mac users targeted by KeRanger ransomware,


realizing Bitdefender prediction
By: Razvan Muresan |

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March 07, 2016 | Posted in: Industry News

Palo Alto Networks researchers have revealed KeRanger ransomware targeted Mac users this weekend for the first
time, realizing Bitdefenders predictions about ransomwares expansion to new operating systems in 2016.
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ask for ransom, but will also make all documents available on the internet if ransom is not paid. In an ironic twist, the
victim will be able to recover encrypted files when they are uploaded on the internet for public shaming.

Ransomware has probably been the largest unresolvable threat to Internet users ever since 2014, and it will remain
one of the most important drivers of cybercrime in 2016, Bitdefender noted. While some operators will prefer the
file encryption approach, some more innovative groups will focus on developing extortionware (malware that blocks
accounts on various online services or that expose data stored locally to everybody on the Internet). Throughout
2016, file-encrypting ransomware will most likely expand to Mac OS X as well.

Last year, reports show millions of users fell victim to CryptoWall version 3.0 (and many go unreported), adding over
$350 million to cyber-criminals bank accounts.

Security solutions, such as Bitdefenders Antivirus for Mac, provide absolute protection against new and unknown
threats without slowing down your Mac. AV for Mac connects to Bitdefenders advanced Cloud-based technologies
to instantly detect and block threats, regardless of where in the world they are born.

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Razvan Muresan
Former business journalist, Razvan is passionate about supporting SMEs into building
communities and exchanging knowledge on entrepreneurship. He enjoys having innovative
approaches on hot topics and thinks that the massive amount of information that attacks us
on a daily basis via TV and internet makes us less informed than we even think. The lack of
relevance is the main issue in nowadays environment so he plans to emphasize real news
on hotforsecurity.com
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