Report: Nearly 50% of macOS malware comes from a single source

Elastic Security Labs released its first Software Threat Report in 2022. Interesting results include the distribution of total malware detected by operating system, the most popular types of malware in general, and the most used malware on Mac in particular. .

Elastic Security Labs released a 40-page security report this morning, most of which focuses on Windows and Linux. malware. This is logical, given that the vast majority of malware found targets these operating systems.

As for the percentage of malware by OS, 54.4% of them were found in Windows, 39.4% in Linux, and only 6.2% were found on macOS.

Regarding the company's approach to malware detection, it states that “Elastic Security solution telemetry is generated by a diverse set of sensors and data sources that are too numerous to briefly describe, including sensors. not developed by Elastic.”

Regarding the malware found on Mac, Elastic found that nearly 50% came from just one source, MacKeeper.

“In terms of MacOS file signatures, MacKeeper came in first place with ~48% of all detections and XCSSet
in second place with not quite 17%. MacKeeper is a set of macOS endpoint utilities designed to optimize resources and monitor internal resources. While its original purpose is to help macOS users, it can often be misused by attackers as it already has extensive permissions and access to processes and files.”

And if you look at the big picture of all the malware found on all operating systems, trojans were the most commonly used at 80.5% and cryptominers came in second with 11.3%. < /p>

Learn more from Elastic Security Labs on the website, including a full downloadable report.

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