Palo Alto Networks reveals discovery of unprecedented iOS and OS X malware

Research spotlights new malware family distributed through trojanised and repackaged Apple OS applications

Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, has announced discovery of a new family of Apple OS X and iOS malware exhibiting characteristics unseen in any previously documented threats targeting Apple platforms. This new family, dubbed WireLurker, marks a new era in malware across Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms, representing a potential threat to businesses, governments and Apple customers worldwide.

Among its defining characteristics, WireLurker represents:

  • the first known malware family that can infect installed iOS applications similar to how a traditional virus would
  • the first in-the-wild malware family that can install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning
  • only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB
  • the first malware family to automate generation of malicious iOS applications through binary file replacement.
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