The user can be infected Silver Sparrow malware on the Apple M1 chip
Generally speaking, there is relatively little malware in the Apple ecosystem, but less does not mean there is no such software, such as a recently discovered advanced malware.
The malware has currently infected more than 30,000 devices in 153 countries and regions around the world, and even the malware is optimized for the Apple M1 architecture.
This caused not only traditional Macs using Intel processors to be infected, but also Apple’s new MacBooks equipped with M1 chips were also attacked by the malware.
In view of the seriousness of the situation, Apple has announced that it will be involved in the investigation. The measure that Apple has taken is to block the developer account certificate of the malware.
Apple uses developer account certificates to strengthen software management, so sometimes quickly banning developer certificates can help curb the spread of malware.
At present, Apple has adopted a ban certificate for this malware named Silver Sparrow, which can slow down the rapid spread and infection of the malware.
But this just slows down the spread and infection and does not completely solve the problem, because malware developers may also use other developer certificates to sign.
In addition, Apple also plans to launch an update to block this malware, while Apple and its security community will continue to pay attention to the changes and upgrades of this malware.
Silver Sparrow malware can quickly infect a large number of devices thanks to its very powerful features. The malware was found to have a variety of countermeasures to evade detection.
For example, it only communicates with the server every 24 hours, waits for the developer to issue instructions after communication has a self-destruct mechanism, and has multiple functions to clean up its own traces.
Therefore, it is more difficult for the security industry to analyze the malware, but fortunately, the security community still finds the malware so it can work with Apple to deal with it in time.
It is not yet clear what the ultimate purpose of the malware is. Under normal circumstances, such attacks against Apple may be more for stealing confidential information. If possible, it is best to download the software through the Apple App Store.