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IPhone users may be at risk if they have installed one of 17 recently discovered malicious apps on the App Store. In a report released last Thursday (24), the security firm Wandera revealed several iOS apps infected with a Trojan programmed to simulate ad clicks to inflate advertising gains. Researchers also believe that threats could facilitate theft of information from the victim.

According to the Forbes, Apple admits the presence of malware from apps ads, but denies the possibility of phone data leakage or the existence of a trojan horse. The programs, developed by India-based AppAspect Technologies Pvt, have already been removed from the store. However, anyone who has downloaded one of the infected apps should uninstall them as soon as possible.

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IPhone apps are infected with Trojan horse that simulates click advertising Photo: Reproduction / WanderaIPhone apps are infected with Trojan horse that simulates click advertising Photo: Reproduction / Wandera

IPhone apps are infected with Trojan horse that simulates click advertising Photo: Reproduction / Wandera

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Compromised applications include calculator, file manager, exercise tracking, GPS navigation apps, and video editors. The list also mentions contact calendar programs, restaurant and radio finders. See the full listing:

  • RTO Vehicle Information
  • EMI Calculator & Loan Planner
  • File Manager Documents
  • Smart GPS Speedometer
  • CrickOne Live Cricket Scores
  • Daily Fitness Yoga Poses
  • FM Radio Internet Radio
  • My Train Info IRCTC & PNR
  • Around Me Place Finder
  • Easy Contacts Backup Manager
  • Ramadan Times 2019
  • Restaurant Finder Find Food
  • BMI Calculator BMR Calc
  • Dual accounts
  • Video Editor Mute Video
  • Islamic World Qibla
  • Smart Video Compressor

How apps work and what are the risks

Infected applications were caught maintaining a constant connection to an external server responsible for masking the connection and preventing Apple from tracking. Through this bridge, hackers could infiltrate codes and use the iPhone to simulate user interactions on various advertisements on the Internet. The goal was to profit from fraudulent numbers of clicks on web advertisements.

Mobile phones infected with this type of malware typically slow down, run out of battery faster, and tend to consume the data packet in less time. The report does not point to other symptoms of infection, which leads to the belief that users may never have noticed unusual behavior.

However, according to the researchers at Wandera, the biggest danger was in using the same connection to infect the phone with more dangerous files. But experts do not even claim that this possibility was explored before the fraud was discovered.

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