Mac users are being warned about new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers.
One is ransomware that encrypts data and demands payment before files are released.
The other is spyware that watches what users do and scoops up valuable information.
However, Security experts have said that any files scrambled with the ransomware would be completely lost because the malware did a very poor job of handling the decryption keys needed to restore data.
Statistics gathered by McAfee suggest that there are now about 450,000 malicious programs aimed at Macs – far fewer than the 23 million targeting Windows users.
The spyware in question can log which keys are pressed, take screenshots and tap into a machine’s microphone.
In its analysis, cyber security researcher Peter Ewane said the malicious code in the spyware tried hard to evade many of the standard ways security programs spot and stop such programs.
If You Have Malware On Your Device
- Run a scan of an up to date anti-malware software
- Disconnect it from the network, and seek professional assistance to clean the device
- If you become a victim of malware – contact Action Fraud