Yesterday we told you about the the WireLurker virus that has been infecting devices via downloaded applications from a third party Chinese marketplace. Well Apple hasn’t taken the news lightly and blocked apps from running the malicious code.
It was found that around 467 Mac desktop applications were found to be infected with WireLurker in the the Chinese App Store known as Maiyadi and it’s also worth pointing out that this is not due to users JailBreaking their device so you need not panic. The malware once dowloaded just waits for an iOS device to be connected to the desktop via USB and can then use two separate methods to infect the device and steal data.
Apple haven’t detailed what they have done to stop the attack, but said “we are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and weve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching.”
Apple also reiterated that users should only download applications or software from trusted sources to avoid issues like this.
Either way it looks like the problem is solved for the moment.
Source – Macworld
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