(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new security threat has been found, targeting iOS devices through USB ports from Apple’s OS X systems.
According to Mashable, the malicious malware known as WireLurker was found on Wednesday by security firm Palo Alto Networks, in which they described the infection as “the biggest in scale we have ever seen.”
“WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious applications onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken,” said Palo Alto. “This is the reason we call it ‘wire lurker.’”
The security company noted in its report that 467 infected applications had been downloaded more than 356, 000 times in the last six months from the Maiyadi App Store, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of users.
A Apple spokesperson released a statement to Mashable stating that the company is “aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China,” adding that they have “blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching.”