Horrible Apple iOS virus; vectored via USB: WireLurker is ‘new brand of threat’

Posted: November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Plugging in your iPhone? Don’t blindly trust Macs or chargers, even if you’re not in China.

According to researchers at Palo Alto Networks, the so-called WireLurker virus can infect your iPhone or iPad from a simple USB connection. Hundreds of thousands of users have been infected already, say researchers.

[It] revolves around infecting Mac OS X applications with “WireLurker,” which collects call logs, phone book contacts and other sensitive information. [It’s] notable for how it leverages desktop Mac applications as part of the attack on iOS. [It] waits for when an iOS device is connected by a USB cable. [It uses] a digital certificate that Apple issues to enterprise developers so they can run their own applications in-house that do not appear on the App Store [which] means iOS would allow [malware] to be installed. …

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