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You may want to pause if you have any plans to purchase Apple’s new computers, powered by a highly touted M1 chip. That is, unless you like viruses.
According to Business Insider, Apple’s latest line of computers are the target of a new breed of malware, nicknamed the “Silver Sparrow.” Nearly 30,000 Apple M1 computers have already been infected.
A security company, Red Canary, says most of the infected computers are located in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
“The infected machines range from the Mac Mini desktop to the latest version of Apple’s laptops,” Business Insider reported. “Both the latest MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are powered by M1 chips.”
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“Though we haven’t observed Silver Sparrow delivering additional malicious payloads yet,” Tony Lambert, an analyst at Red Canary intelligence, wrote in a blog post. “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.”