Over the past few days, it has become clear that the infamous LockBit ransomware gang intends to one day create a major headache for Mac computer users.

security researchers found A ZIP archive containing various flavors of LockBit’s ransomware encryption tool, including a version designed to run on Macs with Apple Silicon M1 chips, has been revealed to have been uploaded to VirusTotal.

Good News: Patrick Wardle, Mac Security Expert To tell The current sample is unsigned (meaning it cannot easily run on macOS), crashes, and is not currently considered a threat.

In a nutshell, Wardle said:

“macOS users don’t have to worry about anything.”

At least for now… as far as the current version of LockBit for Mac is concerned.

The bad news is that this is unlikely to be the end.

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If organized ransomware gangs like LockBit think it’s worth developing tools to blackmail, more It’s not the time for Mac users to sacrifice security when targeted organizations are making money by encrypting files on not only Macs, but also PCs and servers.

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