New Ransomware Dubbed EvilQuest Targets MacOS Users

Security researchers have discovered this week a new ransomware strain targeting macOS users. Named OSX.EvilQuest, this ransomware is different from previous macOS ransomware threats because besides encrypting the victim’s files, EvilQuest also installs a keylogger, a reverse shell, and steals cryptocurrency wallet-related files from infected hosts. “Armed with these capabilities, the attacker can main full control over an infected host,” said Patrick Wardle, Principal Security Researcher at Jamf. This means that even if victims paid, the attacker would still have access to their computer and continue to steal files and keyboard strokes.

 

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James McQuiggan, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
July 01, 2020
If this ransomware or any other ransomware impacts users, it is critical to format the system after recovering the data to avoid additional infections
It was only a matter of time before ransomware targeting Mac OS X became available in the wild, and it's not a simple ransomware attack. Not only will the attack make your data unavailable, but it also contains other malware to steal credentials and other remote access functionality. For years, the Mac OS has provided a secure and private system for its end users. Cybercriminals are taking advanta ....
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