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Mac Malware Targets Apple’s In-House M1 Processor

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Feb
2021
Mac Malware Targets Apple’s In-House M1 Processor

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Three months after Apple launched its new M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC), cybercriminals have developed what may be the first malicious macOS application targeting the mobile giant’s first in-house silicon.

The recently uncovered malicious application, called GoSearch22, natively runs on M1 — meaning that it executes software written for M1-powered devices’ natural, basic mode of operation. The main differentiator here is that the application includes code tailored to run on ARM-based M1 processors – rather than only the Intel x86 processors previously utilized by Apple.

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