Proud Apple users think that their devices are immune to any malware or virus. What if I tell you that is not the case!
According to the sources, it appears that some deft and sophisticated hackers have found a way around and might be playing with the idea of conducting a theft of data. Yes, it might be true. Ars Technica has reported on the issue saying that cybersecurity experts at Red Canary and Malwarebytes have found a mysterious malware secretly present in as many as 30,000 Macs. This queer piece of malware has a self-destructive mechanism and can deliver an unknown amount of payload. Moreover, the self-destructive quality can remove any trace of its presence. It is being called Silver Sparrow.
A blog post published by Red Canary extensively explains how different versions were discovered which targeted the latest Macs based on Apple’s M1 chip as well as Intel. Now attacking Apple’s devices is a rare thing considering the fact that very vulnerabilities have been found to exist in their systems. Just about a week ago a story by Patrick Wardle, a security expert from Objective-See, was circulated. The story talked about discovering malware targeting Apple Silicone. Oops! And now we have two.
Fortunately, Silver Sparrow was unable to cover its tracks before being eliminated. Moreover, there isn’t any evidence available to prove that it was used to damage anything. Still further, according to Red Canary, that Apple has intentionally revoked the binaries. It means that it prevents you from installing it accidentally. However, the fact that no damage has been done has some shades of doubts in it provided that malware strains were found on Macs in the wild.
Experts believe that Apple’s move from Intel to its silicone may make the playing field favorable for hackers to conduct malicious activities.
So far the malware has been detected in about 153 countries with the majority of them found in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, and France. The malware uses the Akamai content delivery network and Amazon Web Services which makes the whole infrastructure of command quite efficient. Moreover, it also makes it difficult to block the servers.
Let’s hope somebody comes up with a solution to solve this issue too so that you can use your Apple device easily!