Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Massive New AdLoad Campaign Goes Entirely Undetected By Apple’s XProtect

Executive Summary

AdLoad is one of several widespread adware and bundleware loaders currently afflicting macOS.

In late 2019, SentinelLabs described how AdLoad was continuing to adapt and evade detection.

This year we have seen over 150 unique samples that are part of a new campaign that remain undetected by Apple’s on-device malware scanner.

Some of these samples have been known to have also been blessed by Apple’s notarization service.

We describe the infection pattern and detail the indi…

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