A digital worm (okay, technically speaking, virus) is burrowing its way into Apple desktop and mobile devices across the Middle Kingdom. A team of security experts say the malware is the “biggest in scale” they have ever laid their eyes on.
The virus, known as WireLurker, was uncovered by researchers from Palo Alto Networks – a US-based network security company.
“WireLurker is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in terms of Apple iOS and OS X malware,” the company’s intelligence director Ryan Olson said.
The team gave the virus its name because it remains hidden in apparently legitimate and often popular apps, including Angry Birds and Sims 3.
According to the team, WireLurker was used to trojanize 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store – a third-party Mac application store in China. Over the past six months, these 467 infected applications were downloaded over 356,104 times, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of individual users.