Apple, Inc. has been riding high for a while now, especially with the recent releases of their new products such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iWatch, and the new iPad Air 2. Apple has also been known for its pervasive security posture against vulnerabilities and hacker exploits. Unfortunately, now a bad actor has been able to exploit both iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. The exploit is prevalent over in China, according to the Intelligence Director Ryan Olson who works for Palo Alto Networks. The new exploit is now being called “WireLurker.”
The scary thing about this new malware is that it can infect jailbroken and non-jailbroken Apple devices through Apple’s operating systems iOS and Mac OSX. The malware is simply repackaged into the operating systems and is downloaded unknowingly. Unfortunately, this is a new situation that Apple has not really faced head on.
WireLurker has a very complex code structure and is capable of stealing user’s data from their mobile devices. It constantly request updates from its command and control servers since it is a malware under continuous development. The researchers from Unit42 a specialized research unit at Palo Alto Networks, do not yet know the intentions of the malware developer.
There are several things that the user can do in order to take precautionary actions in mitigating the malware threat of WireLurker. The most precaution a user can take is to make sure that they are downloading from the official Apple app store and to ensure that their mobile device has the latest updates and patching. There are several other precautions to take which are based on trust issues. Meaning, the user should not use untrusted sources and third party products for Apple devices. You can also download an application from Apple to check for the exploit on your device by clicking here. Access the tool to detect the WireLurker malware family on OS X here
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