“Apple has responded to reports of malware targeting its iOS and Mac OS X platforms by blocking the apps in question and has urged users not only use its own app store for downloads,” Dave Neal reports for V3.
“Apple has made the move after security firm Palo Alto Networks warned that a new malware called WireLurker malware was found targeting Apple iOS and Mac software and is infecting systems on a large scale,” Neal reports. “The malware was reaching Apple devices via apps being downloaded to Mac OS X machines from untrusted third-party app stores. The malware was then able to ‘jump’ to iOS devices when they were plugged into the Macs with the malware.”
“Apple said it has now acted to limit the impact of this threat: ‘We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching,’ it said,” Neal reports. “‘As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Once again, here’s our oft-repeated reminder for Mac users and anyone who’s trying to use any other platform: Do not download and authorize the installation of applications (Trojans) from untrusted sources. No OS can protect users from themselves (or we wouldn’t be able to install any software). Those who grant attackers access to their Macs, should not be surprised to find their Macs are compromised.
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