New AdLoad Variant Bypasses Apple’s Security Defenses to Target macOS Systems


A new wave of attacks involving a notorious macOS adware family has evolved to leverage around 150 unique samples in the wild in 2021 alone, some of which have slipped past Apple’s on-device malware scanner and even signed by its own notarization service, highlighting the malicious software ongoing attempts to adapt and evade detection.

“AdLoad,” as the malware is known, is one of several widespread adware and bundleware loaders targeting macOS since at least 2017 that’s capable of backdooring an affected system to download and install adware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), as well as amass and transmit information about victim machines.

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