New Malicious Adware Exploits Apple M1 Chip

Healthcare Info Security

Akshaya Asokan

A security researcher has uncovered what is believed to be the first-ever malware variant that can be successfully executed in Apple's M1 chips, its latest central processor unit for Mac computers.

In a blog post, independent macOS security researcher Patrick Wardle notes that the application called GoSearch22 is a malicious adware disguised as a Safari extension. He says the malware is capable of stealing browser data from its victims and acts as a persistent agent for further compromise.

Wardle adds that the malware was first uploaded to VirusTotal in December 2020 and says it is the first-ever variant that can run natively on Apple's M1 chips.

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