Cyber criminals have managed to guide malicious apps through the “notarization” process of the Apple app for the second time this year, reports ZDNet.
The malware went through Apple’s rigorous “notarization” process, which involves checking an app for security issues. Once approved, the app was able to run with Mac’s built-in security clearance software, Gatekeeper.
Once added to the GateKeeper whitelist, notarized apps can be opened and installed with a simple click without any warnings or popups.
“Notarising apps was mandatory for all apps that are supposed to run on Apple’s latest MacOS versions like Catalina and Big Sur.”
The six new notarized apps presented themselves as Flash installers.
Once installed, the apps downloaded and installed the OSX / MacOffers adware.
OSX / MacOffers has been known to change the search engine on the victim’s browser.
The six malicious apps have now been notarized by Apple.
Adobe is expected to retire Flash by the end of the year. It is recommended that you do not download any flash installers.
For almost two years now, the Shlayer Trojan has been the number one threat on the Apple MacOS platform.
In August, Apple fixed malware disguised as an update to Adobe Flash Player that had slipped through the toughest security-checking software and approved for Mac desktops.
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