Apple users in China have been hit by a malware, as the American company continues to run into trouble in the country it hopes to be its biggest market.
The malware is known as "WireLurker" and infects computers via apps downloaded from the third party 'Maiyadi' App Store. The malware is capable of attacking iPhones when they are connected to a USB.
Security experts warn it may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users and it is the first known malware that can infect Apple mobiles that havent been 'jailbroken'.
Ryan Oslon, intelligence director of Palo Alto Networks Inc discovered the program. He said: "WireLurker is unlike anything we've ever seen in terms of Apple iOS and OS X malware.
"The techniques in use suggest that bad actors are getting more sophisticated when it comes to exploiting some of the world's best-known desktop and mobile platforms."
Olson is unsure what the objective of the malware is. His company observed more than 400 infected apps that were downloaded more than 350,000 times, but so far there was no evidence anything more sensitive than phonebook contacts had been stolen.
Apple responded to the news of the malware in a statement that read: "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. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."
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