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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

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Apple's ARM-based M1 processor.

Just as legitimate software developers have adjusted to Apple's ARM transition, so too have malware distributors.

Credit: Apple

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle reported a Safari adware extension originally authored to run on Intel x86 chips has been redeveloped to target M1s.

The GoSearch22 sample Wardle found masquerades as a legitimate Safari browser extension, then collects user data and posts illicit ads, including some linking to other malicious sites.

Researchers with security firm Red Canary said they also are probing a strain of native M1 malware distinct from Wardle's discovery, adding that there is often a lag in detection rates as antivirus and other monitoring tools gather digital signatures for new types of malware.

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