First functioning ransomware that attacks Macs has been reported — Apple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macs using a type of software known as ‘ransomware,’ researchers with Palo Alto Networks told Reuters. Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to an infected computer system and demands that the user pay ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. The ransomware was seeded inside a legitimate BitTorrent application called Transmission.
The compromised version of Transmission was signed with a valid Mac developer certificate which let it slip by Apple’s Gatekeeper protection measures. Apple quickly revoked the app’s certificate to prevent it from launching.
Security tips from a super-hacker: Kevin Mitnick’s advice on protecting laptops, smartphones, and more — Macworld asked the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, how to secure a smartphone and laptop; here’s his advice.
Internet Archive brings hundreds of classic Apple II games to your web browser — The Internet Archive has been on a roll lately, bringing back classic MS-DOS games, Windows 3.1 software, and even defanged versions of old PC viruses.
Now, the site has hit a milestone with its Apple II collection: a group of anonymous hackers have successfully broken the elaborate copy-protection schemes on more than 500 classic games and programs. The result is that these Apple II classics are now playable directly in modern web browsers.
File Cabinet Pro offers convenient iCloud features via the OS X menubar — Writes for All’s File Cabinet Pro is a new file manager for the Mac OS X menubar that’s very handy for folks who use iCloud Drive frequently. With iCloud Drive, you can store presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and other kind of documents in iCloud and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, even a PC.