Mac malware infects iPhones and iPads




Researchers from Palo Alto Networks have a virus that primarily focuses on OS X, but found then connected iPhones and iPads infects. To hundreds of thousands of users are affected according to the researchers.

The malware 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.

If a Mac with malware once infected, he then tries to infect iOS devices connected via USB. The researchers have also called malware WireLurker. IOS devices can also be infected if they are not jailbroken. It is known to the extent that the first virus that non-gejailbraikte devices that way infects.

To this end, install WireLurker an enterprise provisioning profile on connected phones. This system allows companies to install apps on phones of employees without that need to be rolled out through the App Store, but can also be misused by attackers.

On a non-jailbroken phone does WireLurker currently still little harm; the malware just loads a comic book on the phone. A part of the code of the AliPay- and Taobao payment apps on jailbroken phones rewritten so as to enable the interception of payment information.

However, it is possible that the malware will also perform malicious operations on non-jailbroken phones. The malware communicates with a command-and-control server, which can give new commands. Moreover, the risk of copy-cats exist: other attackers that this method of attack is possible to copy the process.

Palo Alto Networks has a tool released which people can examine whether their system is infected. The company does not recommend to iOS devices simply connect to computers or chargers because even chargers may contain malware in theory. Furthermore, the company recommends to avoid application stores of third parties.


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