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A security research firm announced Sunday its discovery of what is believed to be the world’s first ransomware that specifically goes after OS X machines.

“This is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom,” Ryan Olson, of Palo Alto Networks, told Reuters.

In an interview Sunday afternoon, Olson told Ars that he expected more Mac ransomware to proliferate.

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