New Mac malware exploits pirated software to infect iGadgets via USB; Apple intervenes

It's not the first time that something like this has happened, but as long as people are willing to steal someone else's work by pirating software, there are also those who want to exploit it. It happened in the last few days, with the emergence of a new and dangerous malware identified as "WireLurker".

Distributed through a Chinese repository of pirated apps for Mac, the malicious software exploited a loophole in iOS aimed at installing corporate applications via USB / Lightning to infect iPads and iPhones / iPods touch even * without * jailbreak. Once installed, the malware captured personal data (such as contacts and messages) and sent it to remote servers.

iPhone 5 and Lightning connector

Photograph: Hamilton Hamamoto.

Apple was quick not only to recognize, but to block the failure by canceling the certificates for all infected apps. This means that it can prevent further spread of malware, but does not remove malicious software in iGadgets already contaminated. To check if you've been infected and what to do if you have, check out this latest article from security firm Intego.

According to Palo Alto Networks, which detailed the entire operation of “WireLurker”, almost 500 applications for Mac came to be infected by the malware. Among them were games like The Sims 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, Bejeweled 3, Angry Birds and many others downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

In the case of this malware, those who always download / buy applications directly from the official developers or preferably from the Mac App Store have nothing to worry about. Also, avoid connecting your iGadget to other / non-trusted computers via USB.

(via iMore)