What Is It and What Can You Do?

Over the years, there have been many malicious viruses developed to target Mac computers – and sadly, that’s not likely to end any time soon. The good news is that Mac computers are often more secure than Windows PCs, so it’s not as easy for your Mac to get infected. That being said, it does happen. The most recent example is a new malware that goes by the name of Silver Sparrow.

You’ve probably heard of it since Silver Sparrow has infected over 30,000 Macs worldwide, and it’s not slowing down.

Do you think that your Mac might be infected with the Silver Sparrow malware? Or do you want to prepare yourself just in case? Either way, here’s what you need to know about the Silver Sparrow malware.

What Is Silver Sparrow?

Silver Sparrow is one of the most recent pieces of malware affecting Mac computers. First discovered by Red Canary, this malware shows some particularities compared to other malicious software targeting Macs.

“Silver Sparrow is an activity cluster that includes a binary compiled to run on Apple’s new M1 chips but lacks one very important feature: a payload,” wrote Tony Lambert for Red Canary.

  • Most importantly, you must know that Silver Sparrow can infect both Intel-based and M1 Mac computers, so it doesn’t matter which one you have; your computer is at risk of being infected.
  • Second, this malware is one of the first pieces of Mac malware to run natively on Apple’s new M1 processors and leverages JavaScript to run in a similar way to legitimate applications.
  • Finally, the Silver Sparrow malware hasn’t shown any malicious payload yet. Meaning it hasn’t caused any harm to the infected computers. That, however, doesn’t make the Silver Sparrow any less dangerous. It just means that, for now, we don’t know what this malware is for.

We do know that Silver Sparrow basically leaves the back door open for other malicious apps and software installed on your Mac without you knowing it. This puts not only your Mac’s security but also your personal information at risk.

Malwarebytes has reported that over 30,000 Mac computers have been infected with the malware. Not only that but over 25,000 of those…