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The first malware that attacks exclusively Apple’s new M1 chip has been discovered

Former NSA researcher Patrick Wardl discovered the malware which is designed to attack computers with Apple’s new M1 chip, used on the latest generations of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini devices.

Three months after Apple unveiled its new M1 “on-chip system” (SoC), cybercriminals have developed perhaps the first malicious macOS application that targets only devices with the Apple Silicon M1 chipset. Although the company claims that the M1 not only ensures better performance but also offers greater security because it is equipped with built-in security protections, it does not seem to have stopped hackers.

Wardl discovered malware in the GoSearch22 application, which is designed only for the M1 chipset. The application, which can be installed as an extension for Safari, takes over a variant of Pirrit, which is an adware that targets Mac devices, sending users annoying ads, polls and coupons. In addition, this adware can collect user data from a web browser. Apple has revoked the certificate for this malicious application.

Wardl says the discovery of this application is significant because it shows that hackers are adapting to Apple’s changes in hardware and software. What is worrying is that analytics tools and antiviruses may have to deal with malware like this.



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