According to an indictment the US Department of Justice unsealed last fall, LockBit is one of the most active and destructive ransomware variants in the world.” As of late 2022, the software has infected the computer systems of at least 1,000 victims, including a Holiday Inn hotel in Turkey.
As far as the group is aware, Saturdays announcement marks the first public notice that Lockbits ransomware could be used against Apple computers, though it appears the gang has offered that capability since last fall.
“lockerAppleM164” 3e4bbd21756ae30c24ff7d6942656be024139f8180b7bddd4e5c62a9dfbd8c79As much as I can tell, this is the first Apple’s Mac devices targeting build of LockBit ransomware sample seen…Also is this a first for the “big name” gangspatrickwardlecc cyb3rops pic.twitter.com/SMuN3Rmodl
MalwareHunterTeam (malwrhunterteam) April 15, 2023
I think this is the first time one of the major ransomware players has taken aim at Apples OS, security analyst Brett Callow said, pointing to the significance of the disclosure.
One of the most notorious ransomware gangs appears to have recently begun targeting Mac computers for the first time.
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