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Watch out for Wirelurker

There is a new exploit in town in the form of Wirelurker, Apple says though it has blocked Wirelurker, the first piece of malware able to infect iOS devices and applications which have not been jailbroken.

Identified by security researchers Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday, the malware has been spotted shipping alongside pirated copies of Chinese Mac apps, before jumping to iPhones and iPads over a USB cable.

Apple says that it is “aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching.”

The company did not elaborate on how it is carrying out the blocking, but did emphasise that “as always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources”.

Should i be worried about Wirelurker ?

WireLurker hides inside pirated apps and tries to get people to install it on the Mac so it can transfer data to and from the iPhone or iPad over USB. it’s important to point out almost no one reading this is in any danger from WireLurker, and anyone who is can easily avoid it. When reached for comment, Apple said:

“We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore, “and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.”

In a nutshell you need to not be worried about Wirelurker :)

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