This malware has infected thousands of M1-powered Macs

February 24, 2021

The malware is named ‘Silver Sparrow’.

Security researchers have highlighted a potentially harmful piece of malware that is currently affecting Macs around the world. What makes this somewhat of a special threat is that the malware can run natively on Apple’s new M1-powered Macs.

Named Silver Sparrow, the malware can reportedly force an infected Mac to check a control server once per hour but it wasn’t made clear what threat it brings. At the moment, more than 30,000 Macs are known to be infected in over 153 countries. It uses the macOS Installer JavaScript API for executing commands, which makes it difficult to analyze its contents.

Apple has said that it has already revoked the certificates of the developer accounts used to sign the packages of Silver Sparrow, which could help stop its spread. it was also highlighted that each software that gets downloaded outside of the Mac App Store still goes through a form of notarization to ensure it is safe.

While it was noted that Silver Sparrow can run natively on M1 Macs, it wasn’t proven that it was specifically targeted. It just meant that the M1 Mac is just as vulnerable as the Intel-powered ones.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.