Apple iPhones, Mac computers targets of harmful malware threat

Posted Nov 7, 2014 by Nate Smith
Apple products including iPhones and popular Mac personal computers are being targeted perhaps by the most serious malware threat to those devices yet.
This picture taken on December 22  2013 shows shoppers walking past the Apple store in Beijing
This picture taken on December 22, 2013 shows shoppers walking past the Apple store in Beijing
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Wednesday, cyber-security research group Palo Alto revealed the malware, called WireLurker, and said it "marks a new era in malware across Appleā€™s desktop and mobile platforms."
Palo Alto Networks, based in Sillicon Valley, goes on to the call the malware threat to Mac OS and iOS systems, "the biggest in scale we have ever seen."
The malware reportedly was born in China, and is hosted in a third-party Apple application store there.
Palo Alto research suggests WireLurker malware first infects a Mac computer, which uses the Apple operating system, and then installs itself on iOS devices like iPads or iPhones when they're connected to the computers via a USB port.
WireLurker malware is also believed to be the first of its kind that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.
Hundreds of thousands of users reportedly have been affected in the six months since the virus has been active.
Over 460 mobile applications reportedly have been infected and downloaded about 350,000 times already.
"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," read an official statement from Apple regarding the malware threat.
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