Recently a new malware has been detected which is targeting Apple products. The virus is called “WireLurker.” It was discovered by cyber security software maker Palo Alto Networks. WireLurker zeroes in on OS X desktop software and Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.
As per The New York Times reports, the malware seems to be targetting the users in China right now. But that doesn’t mean the virus doesn’t have the potension to be a larger threat. “This seems to be the bittest in sale we have ever seen”, said Palo Alto Networks.
This installs installs malicious third-party apps on iPhones and iPads. It’s called WireLurker because of the malware’s ability to sense when you plug an iPhone or iPad into your computer running OS X, according to the New York Times. Once that happens, it starts installing malicious apps on your device.
Ryan Olson, director of Palo Alto Networks told the New York Times, “Even though its a first time incident, it demonstrates to a lot of attackers that this is a method that can be used to crack through the hard shell that Apple has built around its iOS devices.”