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Ransomware for Mac is nothing to worry about -- for now

Jeremy Kirk | Nov. 11, 2015
Writing ransomware is easy, but getting it installed on Macs would be harder.

Hackers could try to buy a developer's certificate from Apple, which costs $99, to digitally sign the ransomware so Gatekeeper wouldn't stop it. But Wardle said Apple usually quickly revokes certificates that end up in the wrong hands.

Still, the experiments by Marques and Vilaca show how easy it would be for ransomware writers to diversify if they wanted to.

"I'm sure we will see more Mac ransomware," Wardle said. 


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