Macs Attacked By Worst Hack in Years | Avast

Macs Attacked By Worst Hack in Years | Avast
Avast Security News Team, 30 April 2021

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Mac users are urged to update their systems to Big Sur 11.3 as soon as possible in order to patch a vulnerability that allows a malware known as Shlayer to bypass all of Apple’s security measures, including Gatekeeper and File Quarantine. The problem stems from a logic error in Apple’s operating system that misclassifies Shlayer as a safe file. In truth, Shlayer is malicious and it burrows deep into the user’s system, from where it launches an adware scam.
These malware attacks have been active since January, but Apple’s newest update patches the vulnerability. “Macs have gained popularity the last few years. Although malware still prefers Windows due to its huge market share, Mac is also an attractive target,” said Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons. “Users should have their OS and applications updated, as well as having a security solution running, to protect them against malware and the rest of the online threats that don't care about what device we are using.” Read more on Forbes
Emotet victims added to Have I Been Pwned?
Per the FBI’s request, the Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) website has now imported the email addresses of all 4,324,770 victims of Emotet, called “the world’s most dangerous malware” by Europol. HIBP founder Troy Hunt posted on his attacked worst years avast