Apple mobile devices in China targeted by WireLurker malware
Researchers at Palo Alto Networks said they’ve discovered an impressive malware attack against Apple devices, which for now appears to be limited to users of a Chinese application store.
The campaign revolves around infecting Mac OS X applications with “WireLurker,” which collects call logs, phone book contacts and other sensitive information on Apple mobile devices.
Some 467 Mac OS X applications offered on a Chinese third-party application store called Maiyadi were found to have been seeded with WireLurker, including “The Sims 3,” “International Snooker 2012” and “Pro Evolution Soccer 2014,” according to Palo Alto’s research paper.
Over the last six months, those applications and others have been downloaded 356,104 times “and may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users,” the paper said.