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Apple has blocked the “wandering over the wire” virus and recommended to install software from trusted sources only
Apple made an official comment on the malicious application WireLurker , became widespread in China. According to an official statement, the company blocked the infected people and now users can not run them on their devices.
WireLurker discovered this week the company Palo Alto Networks. The program is distributed by a third-party application store Mac Maiyadi App Store. According to experts, “malware” managed to infect 467 programs. Infected version, users have downloaded more than 350,000 times, and the resulting danger undergone “hundreds of thousands” of users.
In Palo Alto Networks virus called “the most ambitious of those that we have seen.” “The malware” was named WireLurker («wandering by wire”), because it is able to detect when an iPhone or iPad is connected to your Mac. At this point, it starts to install malicious software on your mobile device.
According to the experts, the aim of the creators of the virus is not yet clear, however, in Palo Alto Networks report that WireLurker can steal information from infected programs. Among others, he focused on a very popular application in China Taobao shopping and payment application AliPay, where data is stored on the bank card.
“For our customers, this program is not dangerous, as sharpened the Chinese market and has no access to sensitive information on the iOS-device without jailbreaking,” – commented the head of security of mobile applications of Positive Technologies Artem Chaykin.
However, not everyone agrees experts in information security. For Russian users threat also exists, since the source of infection – the unofficial application store in China, and it is possible that Russian Mac users can refer to this store, said anti-virus expert “Kaspersky Lab” Victor Chebyshev.
Scale same threat for iOS characteristic only for jailbroken devices – that is, for devices with jailbreak, and only if the Trojan was placed in an open repository, the expert said. For unbroken iOS-devices have strong restrictions on the dissemination of malicious programs: for example, you can not install the application on the device if it is currently blocked PIN-code or Touch ID.
In Apple claim that blocked the work of infected WireLurker applications: “We are aware of the malicious software, available for download on the site for Chinese users, and we blocked the infected applications, so they could not start. We recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources. ”
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