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Topic: malware

Apple has taken steps to eradicate mysterious malware strain

02/22/2021, 07:02 am

Following the discovery of a new and unusual malware that had the potential to attack Macs running on Apple Silicon, Apple has moved to minimize any impact the maliciously-crafted software could have in the future.


Mysterious malware infecting Apple Silicon Macs has no payload - yet

02/20/2021, 12:02 pm

More malware affecting Apple Silicon Macs has been uncovered, but researchers have spotted that it is lacking a malicious payload, for the moment.


First Apple Silicon M1 malware discovered in the wild

02/17/2021, 09:02 am

The first malware native to Apple Silicon M1 Macs has been discovered by independent security researcher Patrick Wardle.


Malware on Mac is still a small threat -- but growing

02/16/2021, 08:02 am

Digital threats were less of an issue for Mac users in 2020 over previous years, according to Malwarebytes, but adware continues to be more of a threat than malware on macOS.


New iOS, Android spyware targeting users in extortion campaign

12/16/2020, 09:12 am

A new mobile spyware is targeting both iOS and Android users in what appears to be an extortion campaign tied to illicit websites.


Attackers breach cybersecurity firm FireEye, steal hacking tools

12/10/2020, 12:12 pm

Cybersecurity firm FireEye says that it was hacked by a nation-state attacker who made off with many of its hacking tools and data related to government clients.


Updated backdoor malware again targeting macOS users in Vietnam

12/01/2020, 02:12 pm

A new version of an existing macOS backdoor thought to be tied to a nation-state hacking group is targeting Vietnamese Mac users.


'GravityRAT' Windows spyware modified to infect macOS, Android

10/20/2020, 09:10 am

A strain of malware called GravityRAT, known for spying on Windows machines, has been adapted to infect both Android and macOS devices, according to a new report.


Apple's automated notarization process mistakenly approved Mac malware

08/31/2020, 11:08 am

Security researchers have discovered that Apple's macOS app notarization process has mistakenly approved a piece of malware disguised as a Flash installer.


New Mac malware infects and spreads via Xcode projects

08/16/2020, 02:08 pm

A number of Xcode projects have been found to contain malware that can attack Safari and other browsers, security researchers have revealed, with the discovery of XCSSET malware making its way into Mac software projects through largely unknown means.


New 'EvilQuest' ransomware is actively targeting macOS users in the wild

06/30/2020, 02:06 pm

A new piece of Mac ransomware distributed via pirated software, dubbed "EvilQuest," is actively targeting macOS users in the wild.


New Mac malware uses 'novel' tactic to bypass macOS Catalina security

06/18/2020, 10:06 am

Security researchers at antivirus firm Intego have discovered a new Mac malware in the wild that tricks users into bypassing modern macOS app security protections.


State-sponsored Mac malware easily repurposed by ex-NSA hacker

03/02/2020, 07:03 am

A former hacker for the National Security Agency has demonstrated an effective approach for malware creators to attack macOS, by repurposing code developed by state-sponsored hackers.


Malware, Microsoft gaming, and Sherlocking apps on the AppleInsider Podcast

02/14/2020, 09:02 am

On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about coronavirus and its impact on Apple, Microsoft's iOS gaming beta, and the FTC's newfound interest in 'Sherlocked' apps or companies.


Apple's iTunes for Windows update closes off ransomware attack vector

10/11/2019, 07:10 am

Apple has patched an exploit in Bonjour, iTunes, and iCloud for Windows that was an open door for ransomware to attack systems.


Second macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update plugs malware hole

09/26/2019, 02:09 pm

Apple has released a second "Supplemental Update" for macOS Mojave 10.14.6, along with security updates for High Sierra and Sierra, one which fixes a flaw found by Google that could be abused by malware as part of an attack.


China believed to have used iPhone exploits to track Uyghur Muslims

09/01/2019, 11:09 am

The recently-revealed use of hacked websites to monitor iPhone users, is now reported to have been used by the Chinese government to target the Uyghur Muslim community.


Israeli spyware claims to beat Apple's iCloud security

07/19/2019, 07:07 am

NSO Group, which previously hacked WhatsApp, is advertising that it is able to gather all of an individual's cloud-hosted data from Apple, Google, Microsoft and more, using its Pegasus malware.


Mac malware jumps more than 60% in three months, massive uptick in adware

04/25/2019, 03:04 am

The threat of malware has increased for Mac users in a short space of time, a report from Malwarebytes claims, with detected threats up by more than 60% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, and adware becoming more prevalent with an increase of over 200% for the same period.


Mac malware attack found to hide payload in advertising graphics

01/24/2019, 02:01 pm

A new way of attacking macOS with malware has been detailed by security researchers, with malicious online advertising found to have used steganography to disguise its payload within the ad's image files, in order to fool security systems.