New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

This means that even if victims follow the hacker’s instructions (included in a README!.txt file left on the computer) on how to pay the ransom, they won’t get their files back. The encryption appears to be strong, so it cannot be cracked using alternative means either.

The variety of such malicious programs for this OS is likely to increase as the growing number of ransomware gangs compete for a limited pool of paying victims on other platforms.