Researchers discover 'Wirelurker' iOS malware that spreads through infected OS X apps

By Himanshu Arora ยท 7 replies
Nov 6, 2014
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  1. Just days after a Swedish hacker discovered a serious vulnerability in Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have found a new malware that infects iOS devices through OS X.

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  2. Funny how a few years back, people said that apple devices have no viruses. It was because hackers don't want to waste time on low populated operating systems. So now remember this: with great popularity comes greater viruses.
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Its useless unless you have a jail broken device. Apples dignity remains intact.
  4. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 337   +199

    The article clearly states that it doesn't matter if the iphone is jailbroken or not. It does make a distinction between what happens on a jailbroken iphone versus a non jailbroken iphone, but it also says that they don't clearly understand the intent of the virus or what it's end game might be.

    Regardless of what it does or doesn't do to a jail broken or not jail broken iphone, the fact remains... there's a virus for the Mac desktop that can propagate to the iphone. Something to pay attention to.

    For those that think Apple is the end all be all of security, click the little magnifying glass icon at the top of the page here on Techspot and search for "Apple Security", and sift through the pages of articles about the problems Apple has with security. Apple is for sure not without it's own security problems, but for some reason they get a free pass.
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Reality Distortion Field, created by Jobs and apparently still in working order.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    The virus is being spread through 3rd party websites on jail broken devices, both are against apples terms of service. I hate apples overpriced stuff, but this issue is clearly not their fault.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    Still, you have to admit, Apple's "iGestapo" terms of service don't allow a whole lot of leeway.
  8. So which is it? Are they not a Third-Party Download Website? lol

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