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Apple say it has blocked the WireLurker malware

Apple Inc said it has identified and blocked malicious software applications targeting users in China.

Palo ALto Networks Inc, a security company, discovered the “WireLurker” malware that can install third-party applications on regular, non-jailbroken iOS devices and hop from infected Macs onto iPhones through USB connector-cables. This is according to Ryan Olson, intelligence director for the company’s Unit 42 division.

Palo Alto said it had seen indications that the attackers were Chinese. The malware originated from a Chinese third-party apps store and appeared to have mostly affected users within the country.

However, in an email to reuters, Apple says that they are aware of  the malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China and they have blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching.