There is no question that Apple has become one of the most influential companies of all time. Its tech products have captivated the world and even changed it. The iPod changed the way we listen to music, the iPhone changed the way we communicate and use our phones, and the Apple Watch is changing the way we tell time. One of Apple’s most iconic products is its line of Macs, or its computers. And although the majority of the world uses Windows-based PCs instead of Mac-based computers, Apple’s computers are revered for their premium quality, cutting edge internals, and easy-to-use software. One major benefit of the Mac software, known as MacOS, is the claim that Macs are not susceptible to viruses. But is this absolutely true?
Recently, malware has become a clear and present danger to the majority of the world, what with the recent WannaCry ransomware attack that recently hit across the globe. And apparently hackers are riding the ransomware train because they have now centered their attacks on MacOS.
For those that do not know, ransomware is a type of malware or virus that holds your computer “hostage.” Essentially, your computer will be locked up and you will not be able to gain control until you pay the hackers a ransom. It is an incredibly devious plan, and it is one of the most popular forms of malware out there today.
According to a report from International Business Times, the new ransomware attacks are specifically designed to target Macs because of the lack of viruses targeted towards Mac users. The first form of the malware, MacSpy, includes the ability to log keystrokes and take a screenshot of the user’s desktop every 30 seconds. The second, more advanced form of the malware is the actual ransomware, appropriately titled MacRansom.
Obviously, while Macs tend to be virus-free because of Apple’s proprietary nature, they are not necessarily impervious. While there are not official numbers of how many Mac users have fallen victim to these new attacks, it is safe to assume that the number will be quite hefty. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The aforementioned report claims that the attack is not as robust as Windows-based attacks, which could make the virus much easier to manage and remove.
Regardless, if you are a Mac user and believe that you are untouchable, this is not true. Please take caution and protect your personal information.