Apple targets malware in China

12/11/2014 9:33:10 AM

Apple Inc is now blocking malicious software aimed at users of its products in China. The iPhone maker is specifically targeting WireLurker, a new type of malware designed to steal information from applications running on Apple's OS X operating system for laptops and computers, and mobile devices with iOS.

WireLurker was first spotted by a developer at China-based Tencent Holdings Ltd in June. "We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we have blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching," Apple said in an e-mailed statement. "As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."

According to a report on China Daily, the malware was found to have taken control of 467 OS X applications in the past six months on Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac app store in China. The WireLurker malware is capable of stealing information from iPhones, including device ID, phone numbers and other basic information

Further reading on europe.chinadaily.com.cn

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