All you macOS users out there using torrents to obtain pirated software, you better be aware of a strange file-encrypting malware which is doing rounds on the internet. As per recent research, the ransomware dubbed as ‘EvilQuest’ has the potential not only lock down your device until a $50 ransom is paid, but also has the potential to send data to remote servers and make your device as a node on Botnet even if you have accepted all the demands of the hackers.
What’s more…? EvilQuest is reported to tend to empty cryptocurrency wallets found on the infected device that can mean a big loss to the macOS devices.
“EvilQuest Ransomware has not only the potential to steal and lockdown files from access, but also can steal credentials and other remote access functionalities”, says Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes.
Currently, the researchers from Malwarebytes, KnowB4, and Objective See are researching the facts such as how the encryption takes place, whether it can be cracked, and can it be reversed….?
Note 1- All these days we have seen ransomware developers stealing files and locking databases. But now, with the emergence of the new ransomware called EvilQuest it’s clear that the developers are becoming more sophisticated by making it node linked to a Botnet and stealing currency from Cryptocurrency wallets.
Note 2- The only way to deal with any type of ransomware infection is to have at least two copies of backup files geographically separated and possibly on the Cloud. As it makes it easy to recover from a cloud platform.