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Silver Sparrow Malware Infects 30,000 Macs

Called Serious Threat, But Has Yet to Take Malicious Action Doug Olenick (DougOlenick) • February 23, 2021

A previously undetected malware variant has infected almost 30,000 Apple Macs. But researchers so far have not seen it deliver any malicious payloads to compromised endpoints, according to a new report.

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The malware, dubbed Silver Sparrow, is being investigated by security teams from Red Canary, Malwarebytes and VMware Carbon Black. While the malicious code has not revealed its true colors yet, researchers do believe that Silver Sparrow is a serious threat.

"Though we haven't observed Silver Sparrow delivering additional malicious payloads yet, its forward-looking M1 chip compatibility, global reach, relatively high infection rate, and operational maturity suggest Silver Sparrow is a reasonably serious threat, uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment's notice," says Red Canary ...

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