Mac M1 computers ( with Apple's first proprietary processor ) could also suffer from cybersecurity attacks . Recently, malware has been detected that appears to be the first native malware sample specifically designed for the M1 chip .
The news broke through former NSA (United States National Security Agency) investigator and security investigator Patrick Wardle. He discovered a native M1 version of the ancient Pirrit virus in the GoSearch22.app application.
In November 2020, Apple introduced its first self-designed processors for computers : the Apple M1. While newer Macs can run applications designed for Intel x86 chips, developers are working on versions specifically designed for M1.
In developing their own M1-compatible tools, Wardle has found the first example of a malicious application specifically created to run on the new M1 processors, specifically in MacBook Air (2020), Mac mini (2020) and MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020).
As explained in his personal blog, he found in VirusTotal (a free website that offers analysis of files and websites through antivirus) adware (programs designed to display advertising), called GoSearch22.app , compatible with Intel and with processor M1 . When crawling through VirusTotal, Wardle discovered that this application is a new version of the well-known Pirrit adware, which installs itself as a malicious browser extension Safari.
These types of adware applications are designed to collect browser data and display windows pop-ups, advertising and billboards, as reported by PC Risks . According to the researcher, GoSearch22, probably the first created with native M1 code, confirms that the authors "are working to ensure that their malicious creations are natively compatible with the latest Apple hardware."
In addition, with the discovery of the malicious application GoSearch22, Wardle verified that the anti-virus engines do not detect the codes originally designed for M1 processors. " It looks like fairly basic adware 'software ," he said.
also warned that GoSearch22 developers may be able to update it in the future to incorporate even more intrusive and malicious new features. At the moment, Apple has uncertified the adware, so the malicious application will not run on MacOS.
The M1 chip has been specifically designed by the Cupertino giant for its Mac line. It represents a new stage for the company, since the computers will no longer have Intel processors (which were used until now).
M1 is based on ARM architecture, manufactured with 5 nanometer technology and has 16,000 million transistors. In other words, it has a great power (higher performance) with a small size.
The company has indicated that M1 brings with it the beginning of a new family of equipment that will integrate this technology. According to Apple, this transition will be completed in two years, by then all desktop and laptop computers will have this new Apple processor.
M1 integrates an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. . The 8 cores can work together to optimize computer performance. Its unified architecture brings together high-bandwidth, low-latency memory into a single pool within a custom package.
It has 16 cores that support 11 trillion operations per second , making Apple's neural engine deliver performance of machine learning up to 15 times higher than in previous generations
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