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Apple users targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign

Boston (Reuters) -. Apple Inc. customers targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a malicious t...

 

Apple users targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign

Boston (Reuters) -. Apple Inc. customers targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a malicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers at Palo Alto Networks Inc. Reuters on Sunday

Ransomware, one of the fastest growing forms of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, asks users typically paid lospryse in hard-to-rail digital currency to get an electronic key so that they can restore their data.

Security experts estimate that total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such lospryse cybercriminals typically target users of Windows operating system from Microsoft Corp’s.

Palo Alto Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson said the “KeRanger” malware, which will appear on Friday, the first function ransomware attack Apple Mac computers.

“It is the first in nature which certainly functional, encrypts your files and attempts to ransom,” Olson said in a telephone interview.

An Apple representative said the company has taken steps over the weekend to prevent attacks by withdrawing a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer to install rogue software on Macs. The representative said he could not immediately provide other details.

The malware is programmed to encrypt files on an infected computer three days after the initial infection, according to Olson.

This means that if Apple’s steps proved effective in neutralizing malware that has already infected Macs, the earliest victims will encrypt their files on Monday, three days after the malicious program first appeared on the Tranmission website does he have.

transfer site offers open source software infected with ransomware.

Palo Alto said he plans to recommend a blog Mac users on ways to watch to see if they are infected with the virus and steps they can take to protect against the detrimental their data free, says Olson.

Transmission is one of the most popular Mac applications used to download software, videos, music and other data by dividing the BitTorrent peer-to-peer information network, according to Olson.

Representatives of transmission could not be reached immediately for comment.

The project site, www.transmissionbt.com yesterday carried a warning saying that version 2.90 of its Mac software is infected with malware.

It advised users to upgrade immediately to version 2.91 of the software was available on the website, or remove the evil man.

It is also equipped with technical information on how users can check to see if she is hit.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Hedge fund manager Einhorn takes Apple campaign to shareholders

 

Hedge fund manager Einhorn takes Apple campaign to shareholders

hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who fights against Apple Inc. before the court in the context of a broader effort to the iPhone maker to get more of his bankroll to share, will now directly call the company’s shareholders.

It will be a conference call to be held on Thursday to the basis of the distribution of perpetual preferred stock claim -. Her favorite way of rewarding shareholders

Einhorn Greenlight Capital

8000000000 dollars to get a court order for a vote of the shareholders on 27 February block “Proposal 2” Circular Apple, which aims to eliminate for issuing preference shares at its discretion.

Apple declined to comment on the Einhorn appeal directly to shareholders. CEO Tim Cook last week rejected the trial as a “ridiculous circus.”

But

Cook said that the idea of ​​issuing preference shares was creative and the Board of Apple, which has been carefully examined, and it focuses on other ways to share $ 137 billion in cash and marketable effects – something Wall Street investors sought for years.

But even as the star of hedge funds try to shareholders of Apple rally in his case, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which says it is a sponsor of Greenlight funds through its staff, said he was “stunned “Apple Einhorn always vote on Proposition 2 to avoid.

“We have a lot against your decision to the 2013 annual meeting and the vote on Resolution No. 2 to prohibit,” Simon Greer, president and CEO of the foundation, said in a. letter to Einhorn that was obtained by Reuters

In response, Greenlight said in a statement: “This is an old investor who bought We wish them every success.”

. Greer

but later said in an emailed statement that the foundation has remained an investor with GreenLight through a “mutual fund”, without elaborating.