How to protect your iPhone and iPad from the virus Wirelurker, which infects the device without jailbreaking




Many users find the technology Apple the most safe and secure from hackers, viruses, and other troubles. Despite the fact that this is true, the attackers did not abandoned their attempts to carry out attacks on iOS and OS X. If threats are detected Apple quickly removes them, but from time to time continue to emerge. So the use of iPhone, iPad and Mac does not negate the following common sense and basic rules of digital security.


Discovered this week Wirelurker virus is considered the biggest in the history of iOS. He struck thousands of iPhone, iPad and Mac in China. The malicious code embedded in the program for Mac OS X, placed in a Chinese shop Maiyadi, – Parties not licensed Apple. Mac user downloads the application, then the program waits when to computer via USB will connect the iPhone or iPad. Then “malware” establishes a malicious application on iOS-device or code rewrites of existing programs, using vulnerabilities in the system of distribution of enterprise software.

According to experts from the Palo Alto Networks, who discovered WireLurker, over the past six months, the virus has penetrated into a variety of devices. Technology attack was “disruptive” not only because it infects the installed applications, but also to cope with it without jailbreaking. The virus can steal personal data and receive commands from the hackers who run them, as well as updates. Wirelurker continue to refine, and the ultimate goal of its creators is still unknown.

How to protect your iPhone and iPad from Wirelurker and similar threats in the future:

Allow the system settings in Mac («Protection and Security”, section “Allow programs downloaded from”) install only applications from Mac App Store. If you limit yourself because you can not, download applications only from the official websites of developers and other reliable sources.
Install the latest version of the operating system, patches, and security update addresses the vulnerabilities that developers can not be avoided completely.
Do not use third-party accessories – limits the licensed products. Attackers can use the vulnerability and imperfection of technology from other vendors.
Do not jailbreak if you have concerns for confidential information, should abandon the jailbreak or install from Cydia only proven applications.

Apple has 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. ”

Of course, secure itself a hundred percent impossible. Nevertheless iOS remains the most safe and secure environment – not only because the system is less common than Android, but because originally tied to App Store. Each application is pre-certified, which eliminates the possibility of visiting the store malware.

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