New ransomware attacking Macs
If your small business uses Macs, you need to be sure you have strong back-up protocols in place. A new ransomware, MacRansom, is being used to attach MAC computers. Cyber criminals can get a copy for the asking from the creator, through an email address. The creator is providing the malware to hackers as ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS).
According researchers at Fortinet, a cybersecurity software company, the creator is leveraging hackers with even a low level of hacking ability or experience to be his/her distributors. The ransom victim is asked for about $700 for the decryption keys and the creator pays the distributing hacker 30% when a victim pays. It seems the malware is not particularly sophisticated, but it will still lock up a victim’s files.
What you should do
Businesses using Macs need to leverage the same cyber security measures for their data as businesses using Window computers. At minimum, you should:
Maintain multiple back-ups – one of which should be stored offsite
Patch your system as soon as new releases for any software is available
Educate staff regarding phishing
Regularly and frequently (ideally automatically) scan Macs and backup devices for vulnerabilities
About the Author - Carolyn Schrader is a seasoned cybersecurity professional and founder of the Cyber Security Group Inc., providing corporate cybersecurity services to high profile clients.