Kaspersky: eighteen Macs infected with Wirelurker




The Wirelurker malware that runs on Mac computers and can also infect iOS devices, according to Kaspersky so far only eighteen computers found. Of it is largely in China, claims Russian antivirus company.

Kaspersky relies on users of its anti-virus software, the data provided voluntarily, and thus mentions only an estimate. The data show that played out the major part of the infections in China. These are eleven cases. The rest was in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States.

Wirelurker spreads via infected apps in the Maiyadi application store for OS X, which is focused mainly on the Chinese. According to the researchers infected 467 applications, which were downloaded 350,000 times together are. Hundreds of thousands of users might be affected thereby, but the figures Kaspersky nuance that number slightly.

If a Mac with malware once infected, try it then infect iOS devices connected via USB. They can also be infected if they are not gejailbreakt. It is known to the extent that the first virus that non-gejailbraikte devices that way infects.

Except for Mac exists there is also a Windows variant, which also focuses on iOS devices. The researchers found the Windows version on a server of the web space of Baidu in China. Under Windows, the trojan will prompt the user to install iTunes first. Then, the trojan again that he is waiting for the connection of an iPhone or iPad.

Mac users According to Kaspersky defend themselves against the best malware installations outside the App Store to refuse. This can be specified in the settings of the application store. “Wirelurker is a wake-up call for how to Mac users think about security,” said Kaspersky.


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