HOME ROUTERS HAVE become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: an easily infected, untreated, and ubiquitous population in which dangerous…
Over the weekend, news broke of a nasty new piece of malware targeting Mac users. It’s “ransomware” that encrypts users’ data, making it impossible to access unless they pay a bounty to the malware’s operator.
Malware is a persistent problem on Windows machines — it has even shut down hospital networks— but this is the first time ransomware has made its way onto OS X.
The offending malware came bundled with an update to Transmission, a well-known program for downloading torrents. Unsuspecting users installed the app only to find themselves being extorted by hackers.
So what’s it like to be targeted by ransomware? YouTuber Rogueamp installed the compromised version of Transmission to find out.