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Macs targeted by infected torrent websites

Author: ITS

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

Category: General Interest , IT Security Alerts

Over the past weekend (March 5 – 6), cybercriminals planted an infected torrent software on a website that specifically targeted Mac users.mac monitor The software called Transmission, normally used to download files from Peer-to-Peer websites, was infected with ransomware that waited three days before locking the users’ files on Mac computers. This delayed strategy makes it harder to determine where the malware originates from. This recent attack left more than 6500 Mac computers at risk of being exposed to ransomware before the infected download was identified and removed. How can you protect yourself from this type of attack? Avoid downloading copyright protected material illegally from websites that offer it for free. It’s more than just breaking the law -  your computer and information could be at risk of being infected with malware. For the full article on this malicious attack, visit CBC News. Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. Visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity to learn more.