Darkreading.com reported that “The infamous LockBit ransomware gang has developed a version of their malware for macOS devices — the first ever foray into Apple’s territory by a major ransomware group.” The April 18, 2023 article entitled “Researchers Discover First-Ever Major Ransomware Targeting macOS” (https://www.darkreading.com/remote-workforce/researchers-discover-first-ever-major-ransomware-targeting-macos) included these comments from Patrick Wardle (founder of the Objective-See Foundation):

The pandemic and the work from home really spurred that,… A lot of people have Mac computers. And as the younger generation enters the workforce — they are more comfortable with the Apple ecosystem.

…hackers who are very opportunistic are realizing that a lot of their potential victims are now transitioning, and thus they need to evolve their malicious creations.

Luckily for Mac users, Apple has anticipated this ransomware D-Day, and has proactively gotten ahead of it.

…system files are under read-only conditions. So even if ransomware gets root access on a computer, it’s still not going to be able to modify those critical files and lock or render the system inoperable.

What do you think about the macOS as a bigger Ransomware target?

First published at https://www.vogelitlaw.com/blog/watch-out-ransomware-now-targeted-at-apple-macos