When it comes to safety and privacy, Apple’s products are one of the best in town and Macs are no exception. It is very rare that you get some malware on your Mac devices. But a recent report has changed it, as about 30,000 Macs are infected with mysterious malware.
Recent Report By Security Firm Says About 30,000 Macs Are Infected With Mysterious Malware
This shocking report comes from the researchers at Red Canary which is a security firm. It reports that about 30,000 Macs are infected with a mysterious malware.
About The Mysterious Malware
The company calls the mysterious malware, Silver Sparrow. The malware does not “exhibit the behaviors that we’ve come to expect from the usual adware that so often targets macOS systems,” wrote Tony Lambert, an intelligence analyst at Red Canary.
So, as of now, it is not known what this malware can be used for. Silver Sparrow has a self-destruct mechanism that appears to have not been used. But, Researchers are still not clear on what would trigger that function.
Interestingly, this mysterious malware has a code that runs on the M1 chip which is Apple’s own processor that was released in November. According to Ars Technica, this makes the Sliver Sparrow the only second known malware to infect the Macs with Apple’s own M1 chip.
The malware has infected Macs in about 153 countries as of February 17. The higher concentrations of infected Macs are in the US, UK, Canada, France, and Germany. This data comes from Malwarebytes which is a website that blocks ransomware attacks.
Further Reading: 30,000 Macs are Infected With Mysterious Malware
Well, it is not a normal thing for anyone to hear Macs getting infected with malware but the reason why this is more serious is that we don’t even know the goal of the malware and how it works.
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