Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, 02:30
Category: iOS, News, security
Not that you should be entirely paranoid about malware on your OS X and iOS devices, but a little caution couldn’t hurt.
Per Palo Alto Networks, a new paper has been published on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months. It’s believed that WireLurker could herald in a new generation of malware on Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms given the following characteristics:
– It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB.
– It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement.
– It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.
– It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning.
WireLurker was used to trojanize 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac application store in China. In the past six months, these 467 infected applications were downloaded over 356,104 times and may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users.