Apple Inc. (AAPL) Identifies New Malware Targeting Mac And iOS Devices In China

After the discovery of a latest malware attacking Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s devices in China, the iPhone maker has claimed to contain the situation and block any associated applications. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) confirmed the presence of this malware and affected applications.

The California-based security firm confirmed the new malware, “WireLurker,” with its primary target on Apple Mac and iOS devices. Apple Inc. said in an email,

“We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.”

According to the security solution firm, Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW), this is “a new era in malware attacking Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s desktop and mobile platforms.” The malware starts infecting Mac computers with compromised links or files and upon the connection of iOS devices with the infected computer, the same are transferred into the mobile devices. The malware has the ability to steal any critical information stored in the device including text messages.

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Palo Alto Networks said in the report,

“WireLurker is capable of stealing a variety of information from the mobile devices it infects and regularly requests updates from the attackers command and control server. This malware is under active development and its creator’s ultimate goal is not yet clear.”

As per further updates from Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW), the real affect of this malware is still to be identified and the company said, “This malware is under active development and its creator’s ultimate goal is not yet clear.” The malware needs frequent updates from the attacker’s server and it can affect jailbroken and regular iPhone in different manners.

The best thing for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) users is to avoid any third party downloads and installations for the next few weeks.

This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.

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