iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by WireLurker virus that steals personal information

iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by WireLurker virus that steals personal information

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Apple devices under malware attack: iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by WireLurker virus that steals personal information

Palo Alto Networks , A cyber security company has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and installs malicious applications onto the device.

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Dubbed WireLurker targets both Mac computers as well as phones and tablets running iOS when connected using a USB cable.

After it has infected the Mac, when a mobile device is connected to the infected computer the virus spreads and installs malicious apps.

iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by WireLurker virus that steals personal information

WireLurker monitors iOS devices, including iPods, iPhones (pictured) and iPads, connected to a Mac via USB. The virus begins by infecting the Mac OS software, through malicious files or links. When a device is connected to this infected Mac, the malware automatically installs malicious apps onto the phone or tablet

Hmm , it sound funny, the Malware also steals a lot of information from mobile devices, but according to Palo Alto Networks , the goal of its creator isn’t clear yet.
Meanwhile, A Top researcher Claud Xiao believe that this malware heralds a new era in attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms in china.

WIRELURKER-TECHCRIBNG
Ryan Olson ,Palo Alto Networks Intelligence Director explained that The malware which was originated by from a Chinese third-party apps store called Maiyadi, have affect only chinese Users.The malware is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen” in terms of malware that hits Apple’s iOS and OS X systems.

iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by WireLurker virus that steals personal information

Maiyadi (pictured).

According to the official statement by Apple

“We have blocked the offended apps, and urged people to only download apps from its official store.
‘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…
With my little research on these , Dubbed WireLurker, a very Strong malware have the potential to spread to other regions, and other stores…

Victoria Woollaston , a leading tech editor for mailonline explain based on the company report more than 460 infected apps had been downloaded over 356,000 times so far.
The experts suggest iOS and Mac owners only download apps from the official Apple app store and that they make sure to keep their software up to date.
They also advise people to install antivirus and security software, and never connect a device to an unknown, or unsafe computer.

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