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nnj apple computer users could find their machine hijacked Monday the Cupertino company computers are famously resilient to cyber attacks but researchers with Palo alto networks they they discovered the first campaign against Macintosh machines using so called ransomware software , it typically works like this hackers trick users into installing ransomware onto a personal computer , the software then isolates the computer data and locks now access users are then told to pay a ransom or lose everything indicates victims are told to fork over one big coin or roughly four hundred dollars or their data goes away , ransomware attackers had to generate millions in revenue annually Palo alto networks going in this case the software was embedded in a popular file sharing program called transmission , transmission has removed a painter software from excite and offered an upgraded version to download and apple representative payment company have taken steps over the weekend to prevent further infection in this latest attack the ransomware which program to stay quiet for three days after inspecting a computer then it connects to the hacker server and start encrypting files , the virus first appeared on transmissions website three days ago meaning that users could wake up today to find their computers under attack