Date
11 December 2017
Apple says it has blocked malicious software applications from a third-party store in China. Photo: Bloomberg
Apple says it has blocked malicious software applications from a third-party store in China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple blocks malware targeting Chinese users

Apple Inc. said it has identified and blocked malicious software applications targeting users in China.

“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,” Reuters cited the US tech giant as saying in an emailed statement.

“As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.”

The statement came after Palo Alto Networks Inc., a California-based network security company, said on Wednesday that it discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple products.

The software is hidden in downloads available from a Chinese third-party app store for Mac computers. Once installed, it waits until consumers connect an iPhone or iPad and then steals data stored on the device.

Palo Alto said it had seen indications that the attackers were Chinese.

The software, which it calls WireLurker, appears to be the first publicly known malware that can infect an iPhone like a computer virus, it said.

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