New Malware Detected for Apple Devices

Published Date : Nov 05, 2014

A security company has issued a warning to all Apple users that a new type of malware has been detected.

A California cyber security firm called Palo Alto Networks, stated the group of malware primarily affects the iOS as well as the OS X operating systems by Apple. It is therefore a threat to all those who use the current gen Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Palo Alto Networks has dubbed the malware WireLurker. They said it is the first such malware that can infect iOS applications in methods that are similar to a traditional virus.

It is the first malware that can successfully install unnecessary apps on to iOS devices. It is also one of the rare malware that can infect an iOS device through the USB.

Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at Palo Alto Networks, said the WireLurker is nothing like anything he has witnessed with terms of Apple’s OS X and iOS related malware. Palo Alto’s Intelligence Team Unit 42, the one that discovered WireLurker, was headed by Ryan.

Ryan also said that the methods used by WireLurker suggest that bad actors are becoming increasingly sophisticated in exploiting some of the most popular electronics devices in the world.

Apple’s reluctance to allow third party software into it has been one of the biggest reasons why their operating systems have been so resistant to malware and virus attacks, in comparison to their rivals Microsoft.

Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus software firm, had predicted last year that there could be new threats posed on Apple devices and the consequences for the company as well as the users could be huge.