iOS and OS X no longer safe – enter ‘WireLurker’

Thought iOS and OS X were safe? Think again. Say hello to “WireLurker,” which is the first malware that can infect non-jailbroken iDevices.


The discovery was made by Palo Alto Networks. Here’s are their findings in a nutshell:

  • Of known malware families distributed through trojanized / repackaged OS X applications, it is the biggest in scale we have ever seen
  • It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB
  • It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement
  • It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus
  • It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning

One of the most scary things that this new malware can do is:

WireLurker is capable of stealing a variety of information from the mobile devices it infects and regularly requests updates from the attackers command and control server. This malware is under active development and its creator’s ultimate goal is not yet clear.

According to researchers, infected apps have already been downloaded 350,000 times.

WireLurker is definitely something you don’t want infecting your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, it can easily infect your device via USB or via 3rd party app stores.

Getting infected may be fairly easy, but preventing the malware from infecting your iPhone or iPad is fairly easy as well. All you have to do is not use 3rd party app stores; don’t plug into untrusted USB chargers, and avoid using enterprise provisioning permissions to install unapproved software.

To find out if you’ve been infected, you can check here.

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