A recently discovered strain of malware that targets Apple Mac computers may have been in existence for many years. The malware, which is known as Quimitchin, has been carrying out closely targeted attacks on US and European scientific institutions in order to steal biomedical research findings.
Researchers from Malwarebytes suggest that it has remained undetected due to its use of ancient coding, possibly to avoid triggering behavioural detections on the lookout for more recent code. The finger of blame has inevitably been pointed at the usual suspects – Russia and China.
Apple has christened the malware Fruitfly and has issued an automatically downloaded update to counter any future incursions. For Mac users, it’s another reminder to run regular bug checks and ensure updates are installed as quickly as possible.