Crypto Ransomware wrote in Swift targets MAC OS users

    Till date, we have seen cybercriminals targeting Windows and Android based devices. But now, as per our sources, a new crypto ransomware is on the prowl which targets Mac OS users. Written in Swift, the new ransomware is currently being distributed via Torrent sites by cyber crooks. It is named as “Patcher” and is technically a software pirating malware in nature.

    NOTE- Swift is a programming language used in MacOS, iOS, watchOS and TV OS machines. The code is simply concise and expressively interactive. It is actually termed as the safest code and helps in making the software run at lightening speed.

    “Patcher” is being distributed in zip files and the application is generally poorly coded. The window has a transparent background and can be a lot confusing.

    Going further, the file encryption process starts as soon as the user clicks the start button and launches the encryption process. The software code starts by copying files that say “Readme!.txt”.  As soon as this file is clicked by the user, all the folders on the hard drive like documents, photos get encrypted.

    What’s amazing about this malware is that the bitcoin address and the email address available to all the victims are the same.

    As per the Bitcoins Blockchain records, so far there has been no transaction related to the bitcoin wallet which is being specified. Means, the criminals haven’t made any money on this note.

    And as per our security experts from Cybersecurity Insiders, the encrypted files cannot be decrypted by malware operators. That means, the victim cannot get back his/her files even after paying the ransom.

    Interestingly, the mail address is being supplied by Mailinator which is an email service provider offering disposable email addresses useful to send messages on a temporary basis.

    More details will be updated shortly!

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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