Cupertino’s devices have never been the easy target of malware. Many malicious programs are considered for Windows machines, as the Microsoft operating systems are used on more machines than Apple systems. Apple’s Mac systems are now at the risk of new malware.
As more and more people getting into the Apple Ecosystem, the number of malware for the Mac system increases day by day. Apple’s Mac systems’ first malware has recently been discovered, based on Apple’s new M1 chip. Patrick Wardle, the Mac security researcher, is the first who identified the malware and designs open-source Mac security tools. According to him, the M1-based devices such as Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro are at high risk. The malware conceals itself as a Safari adware addition, he adds.
However, the malware was originally made for Intel x86 chips. But now, it is redesigned for M1 systems. The malware called “GoSearch22” belongs to the ill-famed Pirrit Mac adware lineage.
Wardle also stated that “this shows that malware authors are evolving and adapting to keep up with Apple’s latest hardware and software,” in his report, adding that “as far as I know, this is the first time we’ve seen this.
The GoSearch22 malware not only has the potential to track user data but can also harvest it. The malicious code is acquainting with many ads on the user’s screen as popups and banners. Moreover, these pop-ups could send users to other malicious sites and infect the devices further.