Connect with us

News

Tens of thousands of Macs around the world are infected with unknown malware

Published

on

Although news of malware infections on Macs is relatively rare, new information about nearly 30,000 Macs infected is a matter of concern due to its complex nature and lack of information available.

Researchers at Red Canary have discovered a new type of macOS malware they dubbed Silver Sparrow. The malware is strange for many reasons, the main one being that it has remained largely inactive until now. Despite the fact that it exchanges data with the command and control servers once an hour, waiting for the execution of potentially malicious binaries, Silver Sparrow has not done any harm to the infected computers at the moment.

In addition to the Intel x86_64 variant, an analog for the Apple M1 was found. Both versions contain “third-party observer binaries” that print “Hello World!” and “You did it!” Displaying such messages on the screen is not a serious problem, but potentially malware can start performing some work on request from the control servers. Red Sparrow emphasized that complex infrastructure leverages CDNs and AWS networks effectively, making it difficult to track and remove.

Another interesting fact about Silver Sparrow is that it contains self-destruct mechanisms that remove all traces of malware from infected devices. This mechanism was not observed by default on infected computers, which means that it was loaded randomly based on the fulfillment of currently unknown conditions.

Red Canary reported that as of February 17, 2021, 29,139 macOS devices were infected in 153 countries.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

News51 mins ago

Bitcoin soars to $ 63,000, Etherium is already over $ 2,215

Today, all cryptocurrency miners have a green day: the Bitcoin value curve jumped by more than three percent in just...

Phones1 hour ago

The smartphone with the “strongest camera of 2021” is also the thinnest smartphone on Snapdragon 888 / New details about ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

A Chinese source has published new details about the flagship smartphones ZTE Axon 30. More precisely, about the top model...

Gaming2 hours ago

The creators of Cyberpunk 2077 decided to create two new AAA games in parallel

CEO and President of CD Projekt RED Adam Kicinski in an interview with Reuters spoke about the immediate plans and...

Headphones2 hours ago

Siri talks about when to expect new wireless headphones AirPods 3 and iPad mini 6

Voice assistant Siri has revealed Apple’s corporate secret – it has revealed the date of the traditional spring announcement. As...

News2 hours ago

Acer, AMD, Arm, Intel, Micron, NXP, Qualcomm and Supermicro Confirmed Computex 2021 Hybrid

The Taiwan Foreign Trade Development Council (TAITRA) announced today that the world’s leading IT companies Acer, AMD, Arm, Intel, Micron,...

Components3 hours ago

An interesting story: there are practically no Nvidia CMP HX video cards for miners in retail, but the company increases its revenue forecast from their sale three times

According to the source, Nvidia has updated its revenue forecast for the first quarter of this year – it increased...

News3 hours ago

Spire Eagleforce PSUs are 80 Plus Certified

Spire has unveiled the EagleForce series of ATX Ver. 2.31 and 80 Plus certified that the energy efficiency does not...

Electric Cars3 hours ago

Introduced an electric car with a range of 1000 km, 39-inch screen and wireless charging

The Zhiji L7 electric vehicle is on display in China, which was created by Zhiji Auto, a joint venture between...

Most Popular