Cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks said it has discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple Inc’s desktop and mobile operating systems.
The “WireLurker” malware can install third-party applications on iOS devices and hop from infected Macs onto iPhones through USB connector-cables, Reuters quoted a Palo Alto official, Ryan Olson, as saying.
The company says there were indications that the attackers were Chinese. The malware originated from a Chinese third-party apps store and appeared to have mostly affected users within the country.
The malware spread through infected apps uploaded to the apps store, that were in turn downloaded onto Mac computers. According to Palo Alto, more than 400 such infected apps had been downloaded over 350,000 times so far.
It’s unclear what the objective of the attacks was. There is no evidence that the attackers had made off with anything more sensitive than messaging IDs and contacts from users’ address books, Olson told Reuters.
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