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    Default Apple Issues Statement and Blocks WireLurker Malware

    Apple recently issued a statement to The Wall Street Journal, announcing that it has started to take measures to block apps that contain the “WireLurker” malware. For those of you who didn’t know, the malware transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB. Apple has started to prevent the infected applications from launching, therefore effectively placing a block on the potential harm it can cause.

    In the statement, the Cupertino California company confirms that the malicious software is “available from a download site aimed at users in China.” In order to prevent the malware from spreading, Apple just blocked the applications in question and on Macs, even preventing them from launching.
    As of right now, a total of 467 infected applications were found on the Chinese Maiyadi App Store for Mac OS X systems. If you didn’t already know, the Chinese Maiyadi App Store is different from the official Mac App Store and isn’t curated by Apple or put through the same approval process. Apple suggests that users only download applications from “trusted sources,” such as the Mac App Store for now.

    This particular malware was originally put under the limelight by the security experts at Palo Alto Networks. They found that the WireLurker has been active in China for the past six months, originally by infecting Macs by inserting Trojan software through repackaged OS X apps then moving on to iOS devices over a wired USB. This particular method of infecting iOS devices allows WireLurker to bypass the security that Apple has built for its mobile platform. Up until now, viruses which target the iPhone and iPad have typically been centered around jailbroken devices but this marks the first time that non-jailbroken devices are also compromised.

    We’ll have to wait and see if this move thwarts off the hackers or if additional malware will come to fruition as a result.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

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    Apple does not have malware / Viruses 😜

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