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*WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: steve...
Date: November 06, 2014 12:46PM
It seems that WireLurker sits on a Mac, constantly listening for USB connections, then immediately infects iOS devices when they're plugged in. The malware appears to give access to all user data on the phone, from the address book to iMessage. But, interestingly, the malware so far hasn't been used to exploit anyone's device, says Palo Alto Networks. Rather, those behind it "are still preparing for an eventual attack.”

It's worth remembering that this malware is very much China-focused right now, so there's not too much need to worry about being infected just yet. Apple is currently patching the vulnerability, though it's not clear when the fix will be ready.


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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: November 06, 2014 01:19PM
Already blocked

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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 06, 2014 03:15PM
As usual, most malware starts off as part of warez. The fact that users must deliberately go to the effort of loading and launching sites from warez 'stores' means they've blown past two key security limiters in Apple's famous 'walled garden'.

Security is useless if you willfully turn it off.
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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 06, 2014 04:17PM
I really kind of want to go back to the days when technology was less accessable and you had to have at least half a brain to get on the internet interact. AOL was the begining of the end.



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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 06, 2014 05:04PM
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C(-)ris
I really kind of want to go back to the days when technology was less accessable and you had to have at least half a brain to get on the internet interact. AOL was the begining of the end.

*cough* PRODIGY *Cough*

AOL predated the 'internet' .. Ok, technically the WWW, the internet existed already. Heck.. you used to have to have a Mac to access AOL !!!
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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: hal
Date: November 06, 2014 05:28PM
No, you're missing it cbelt. One day, AOL gave their users a way to get on the www from AOL with a single click and the www has never been the same since...

Before that it was a nerd paradise...
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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: November 06, 2014 05:36PM
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cbelt3
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C(-)ris
I really kind of want to go back to the days when technology was less accessable and you had to have at least half a brain to get on the internet interact. AOL was the begining of the end.

*cough* PRODIGY *Cough*

AOL predated the 'internet' .. Ok, technically the WWW, the internet existed already. Heck.. you used to have to have a Mac to access AOL !!!


You'll find me near the upper left, on a Hazeltine Terminal, in the MODCOMP Room. Some people were playing around with this thing called Usenet, but it never caught on...

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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 06, 2014 06:19PM






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Re: *WireLurker* malware targets Chinese desktop Macs and iOS devices
Posted by: max
Date: November 06, 2014 06:20PM
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Regardless, if you don't frequent pirated app stores in China, and download pirated Mac apps, you should be safe. If you do, and you're worried about WireLurker, stop frequenting pirated app stores and downloading pirated apps, then you should be safe.
well, it is not that clear cut...
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