New Malware That Focused on Apple Devices
New Apple-focused malware infect Apple devices whether or not they’ve been jailbroken. A new kind of malicious software strikes at Mac OS X and iPhone users in China, according to a just-released security report. Find out about the malware here.
(Reuters) – Palo Alto Networks Inc (PANW.N) has discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) desktop and mobile operating systems, underscoring the increasing sophistication of attacks on iPhones and Mac computers.
The “WireLurker” malware can install third-party applications on regular, non-jailbroken apple devices and hop from infected Macs onto iPhones through USB connector-cables, said Ryan Olson, intelligence director for the company’s Unit 42 division.
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Palo Alto Networks said on Wednesday it had seen indications that the attackers were Chinese. The malware originated from a Chinese third-party apps store and appeared to have mostly affected users within the country.
The malware spread through infected apps uploaded to the apps store, that were in turn downloaded onto Mac computers. According to the company, more than 400 such infected apps had been downloaded over 350,000 times so far.
It’s unclear what the objective of the attacks was. There is no evidence that the attackers had made off with anything more sensitive than messaging IDs and contacts from users’ address books, Olson added.
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