Malware discovered in Apple App Store, sends spam to contacts

Malware discovered in Apple App Store, sends spam to contacts
It was bound to happen sooner or later. It is just that no platform is immune to hacker attacks, and iOS is no exception. Take this report from Kaspersky as proof: a malicious application has been discovered at the Apple App Store, supposedly the very first to be discovered there.

Called "Find and Call", its purpose is to steal the user's address book and to send spam to their contacts in the form of a text message containing a link to the app's download page. And before Android fans hit the comments section, allow us to note that the same mischievous application has been found on the Google Play store as well.

This is actually not the first iOS app to do not-so-good things with your contacts list. Back in 2008, an iPhone game called Aurora Feint could upload your address to a remote server, and it did it in plain text. Needless to say, it was pulled from the App Store. What makes Kaspersky refer to Find and Call as the first piece of iOS malware is that it uses the acquired information to distribute spam – the unwanted text messages we mentioned above.

Thankfully, the malware has been taken down already from both Google Play and the Apple App store. There are no reports of any major damage caused by it, and since the app was oriented towards Russian-speaking users, it is not likely that it has affected many outside of that part of the world. Besides, there were plenty of 1-star reviews submitted by those who downloaded it, which should have been enough to make potential victims aware of what the app truly does.

source: Kaspersky via Tech Week Europe

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