Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 9
First Seen: June 10, 2022
Last Seen: December 2, 2022

Infosec researchers are warning Mac users about a new, intrusive application known as RelianceTask. The program belongs to the prolific AdLoad adware family and is most likely tasked with the delivery of unwanted advertisements to users' Macs. In most cases, dubious applications, such as this one, are being spread via questionable tactics. After all, users are highly unlikely to willingly install PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) on their computers. Instead, creators of these applications rely on methods, such as software bundling or fake installers/updates.

If RelianceTask has been successfully deployed on the Mac, it may be responsible for an influx of annoying advertisements. Apart from disrupting the user experience on the device, these advertisements may be promoting untrustworthy or even unsafe destinations. It is not uncommon for adware applications to generate advertisements for hoax websites, fake giveaways, phishing portals, shady gaming/betting platforms and more. 

However, users should keep in mind that PUPs often possess additional invasive capabilities. As a result, these applications may be continuously collecting information from the device and transmitting it to their operators. Users risk having their browsing activities monitored, device details scraped, and, in the more serious cases, confidential data extracted from browsers' autofill data (banking details, account credentials, payment information, etc). 


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