Mac OS X ransomware - hype or real threat?

Mac OS X ransomware - hype or real threat?

Summary: In need of a fresh example that cybercriminals are actively looking for ways to monetize infected Mac OS X hosts? Early-stage discussions at several web forums, including a PoC (proof of concept, source code included) as well as the following potential layouts speak for themselves.Read the article: Mac OS X SMS ransomware - hype or real threat?

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  • The message reads "Your Mac OS X has been blocked. In order to unblock it SMS the following code (blurred) to the SMS number (blurred) provided, and enter back the response received. Attempts to disable the block may lead to data loss" Read the article: Mac OS X SMS ransomware - hype or real threat?

  • A smaller message window reads "Your Mac OS X has been blocked. In order to unblock it SMS the following code (blurred) to the SMS number (blurred) provided, and enter back the response received." Read the article: Mac OS X SMS ransomware - hype or real threat?

Topics: Software, Apple, Browser, Hardware, Malware, Operating Systems, Security

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • MAC OS Ransomware makes $$$$

    It was only a matter of time. Compromise 1 million computers and get $50 each...do the math.
    Call it scareware or ransomware.
    When MACS were less popular there was no reason to waste resources, now with Microsoft's screw up with Vista, many jumped ship to MAC, now the numbers are up and the MAC hunting season just opened;-)
    It was nice while it lasted...
    gmarriott@...
  • RE: Mac OS X ransomware sample layout 1 (Mac OS X ransomware - hype or real

    Where's the article? where did this come from? who posted
    this? how does it get in? how do you get it out? who's doing
    the scaring now, some cretin or ZDNET?
    TechTeach_z
  • Arrogance breeds contempt

    People kept calling the Mac "unbreakable." It was only a matter of time until some Kroo got tired of hearing that one. No OS is unbreakable.

    It might be nice to see an attempt at writing a complete interface in Java over an ANSI C kernel. With the Java sandboxing, that would probably come close. For awhile...
    FrankleeMiDeer
  • RE: Mac OS X ransomware sample layout 1 (Mac OS X ransomware - hype or real

    What is this supposed to mean? Where is the
    analysis? The explanation? How many of your
    readers can read whatever language this is? What are
    you doing other than attempting to create a
    sensationalist headline which generates ad revenue?
    Is this a genuine threat of some sort of just bullshit?
    What WERE you thinking?
    reg.langford@...
  • RE: Mac OS X ransomware sample layout 1 (Mac OS X ransomware - hype or real

    Uh, if you click on the little blue words under the picture
    ("Mac OS X SMS ransomware - hype or real threat?"), you'd
    get your answers.
    RoseBlue373