Hackers Infects over 30,000 Macs with Sleeper Malware
If you own an Apple device, then chances are you probably think that you are not in any risk of a virus threat. Unfortunately that myth has been long debunked. As it turns out, Macs are extremely susceptible to malware attacks.
Security researchers at Malwarebytes and Red Canary has sourced a new form of malware that has been hiding in roughly 30,000 Macs. As of right now, the exact specifications as well as the payload of the malware is unknown but it is understood that said malware has a self-destruction mechanism which can remove all traces that it exists (Supervillain much?). The malware is currently known as Silver Sparrow.
Given all of this, Silver Sparrow is uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment’s notice, so we wanted to share everything we know with the broader infosec community sooner rather than later. — Red Canary (@redcanary) February 19, 2021
In Red Canary’s blogpost, they explain in detail how they managed to unearth that the malware is threatening not only Macs using the M1 chip but also Intel. By stroke of competence on Malwarebytes and Red Canary, Silver Sparrow was discovered before it could initiate its self-destruct mechanism. In the blogpost, Red Canary also states that there wasn’t any indication that the malware was used to do any damage and that Apple has revoked the binaries which prevents you from accidentally installing Silver Sparrow yourself.
In a rather ironic twist, one of the reasons identified by researchers that places the macs are under threat of malware and hacks is due to Apple’s transition from Intel chipsets into their own chipsets.