New piece of iOS malware can install fake apps on iPhone and iPad
posted by Ben R. / Oct 05, 2015, 9:51 AM
With Apple's mobile OS being a walled garden, it's sometimes perceived as a safe haven from malware, particularly when compared to close rival Android. But this assumption is simply incorrect, and a new piece of malware by the name of YiSpecter seems to have found its way into a number of Apple devices throughout Asia.
Cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks reports that once YiSpecter gets its claws in, it gets to causing all manner of havoc; spoofing stock apps with those downloaded while hijacking others to display ads. YiSpecter's courtesies also extend to changing Safari's default search engine, modify bookmarks and uploading certain device information without a user's permission.
There's no debating that a sizable amount of the Web's not-so-nice-ware uses pornography to bait its targets, and YiSpecter is one of them. QVOD was a China-based app that allowed users to share content of this nature, despite the fact that pornographic material is illegal in the country. With QVOD having shut up shop following a police raid last year, devotees are now being lured into downloading a fake 'new' version of the app, which is merely a ruse for our friend YiSpecter to infiltrate unsuspecting victims.
There's a perception that iOS device owners are only vulnerable to intrusion if they happen to dabble in jailbreaking. While this process, like Android rooting, does give hackers a larger target to aim at, even stock iOS isn't completely foolproof. Capitalizing on the private API infrastructure, YiSpecter can spoof other apps and cause a lot of potential damage, irrespective of whether a device has been jailbroken or not.
According to an Apple rep speaking with CNet, the vulnerability that allows YiSpecter to operate has been fixed with iOS 9. Running the latest software is one very easy defense against malware no matter what device you own. Also, sticking with official download channels -- in this case, the App Store -- will also help your device to stay clean.
Well, most of the time..
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So much for the "safe" OS......
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 9:52 AM 18
Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 15, 2013
There is no safe OS... only iUsers feels like they are something more so they use this "phrase" along with others.
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 10:01 AM 17
Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014
Agree! in the recent time ios has become a hub of security flaws, bugs and malware attacks.
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 10:34 AM 11
Security flaws, bugs and malware is just same old news on Android, but recently there have been rewards offered for those that can remotely access iOS... But unlike Android users who have to wait or give up, latest patches for iOS are available to every individual in the world - so there's no reason to stay vulnerable...
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 1:39 PM 0
what the hell did someone send out a request for bugs mal and virus, crap for the android and ios platforms this is annoying they need to catch them and terminate their worthless lifes
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 11:20 AM 2
Posts: 1112; Member since: Mar 17, 2015
iOS is actually the second most vulnerable OS in current use.http://www.gfi.com/blog/most-vulnerable-operating-systems-and-applications-in-2014/
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 4:06 PM 4
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iFans will thought its a feature. #iMalwaregate
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 10:42 AM 5
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"Will thought"? iFans won't think you use proper grammar.
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 11:05 AM 6
Stop it DJ, you gonna make him cry... Dude is trolling against people with efforts to offend you and gets all whiny "boo-hoo, english is my second language". You're a troll Tizo, you gonna get burned by those that disagree with your post...
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 1:50 PM 2
Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 2014
But Obama is president. Job done. Now let's make fun of people who don't speak English as a first language in the comments section of a EUROPEAN website. Triple irony 1. African American's and non whites the world over are still fighting for equality. We of all people shouldn't get strong-headed over zealous grammatical corrections of non speakers. 2. English means it was the language of the ENGLISH men of England. They colonised America the way Africa was colonised. Let's not get uppity about capitalisations of 'unfortunately'. 3. This is a European website done in English and it's STILL a comments section. Why so serious? Facepalm....
posted on Oct 05, 2015, 3:33 PM 1
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