First Malware Designed for Apple M1 Chip

Researchers have discovered a new malware tailored to run natively on Apple’s M1 chips. They say: „Today we confirmed that malicious adversaries are indeed crafting multi-architecture applications, so that their code will natively run on M1 systems. The malicious GoSearch22 application may be the first example of such natively M1 compatible code.“

GoSearch22 is a Safari adware extension that was originally written to run on Intel x86 chips but has since been ported to run on ARM-based M1 chips.