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Apple blocks apps infected with WireLurker malware targeting iPhones and iPads


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:36 AM

APPLE HAS BLOCKED APPS infected with WireLurker malware that are attacking iPhone and iPad users China.

US security firm Palo Alto Networks discovered the malware threat that targets iPhones and iPads through Apple's Mac OS X operating system, putting an end to the age-old belief that iOS is virus-free.

Apple has since responded, and said it has blocked third-party apps infected with the malware, which Palo Alto secribes as the "biggest in scale" it has ever seen.

It said in a statement sent to The INQUIRER: "We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching.

"As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.”

Palo Alto discovered the new family of malware dubbed 'WireLurker', which is the first known malware that can attack iOS applications in a similar way to a traditional virus.

Palo Alto describes the threat as heralding "a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms", and said that the malware is "the biggest in scale we have ever seen".

 

 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:15 PM

 

WireLurker, as the new family of malware has been dubbed, first took hold of Macs when users installed pirated software that had been laced with malicious code, according to a report published Wednesday by researchers from Palo Alto Networks. The trojan then installed itself as an OS X system daemon and waited for iOS devices to connect over USB interfaces. The infected Macs would then grab the serial number, iTunes store identifier, and if available, phone number of the iOS device and send the data to a server controlled by the operators. WireLurker-infected phones were also loaded up with a variety of unwanted apps. Palo Alto Networks researchers found 467 OS X WireLurker-infected applications available on Maiyadi, a third-party app store located in China. The apps were downloaded 356,104 times, a figure indicating that hundreds of thousands of people likely were hit by the infection.

Active “WireLurker” iPhone infection ushers in new era for iOS users

 

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