Apple shuts down first-ever ransomware attack against Mac users

The ransomware was seeded inside a legitimate BitTorrent application called Transmission

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With the help of security researchers, Apple over the weekend quickly blocked a cyberattack aimed at infecting Mac users with file-encrypting malware known as ransomware.

The incident is believed to be the first Apple-focused attack using ransomware, which typically targets computers running Windows.

Victims of ransomware are asked to pay a fee, usually in bitcoin, to get access to the decryption key to recover their files.

Security company Palo Alto Networks wrote on Sunday that it found the "KeRanger" ransomware wrapped into Transmission, which is a free Mac BitTorrent client. 

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