Apple Devices In China And Taiwan Hit By An iOS Malware

Apple Devices In China And Taiwan Hit By An iOS Malware

Apple Inc. is not enjoying a good time lately after introducing the Apple iPhones 6S and 6s plus as well as the iOS 9.0. There have been a lot of issues with the phones and reports of malicious apps forcing iPhone users to download the app. The latest incident of malicious app is reported in China and Taiwan. Malicious software called YiSpecter makes iPhone users to install the app on their phone by tricking the phone users. It claims that it will help in dodging the web censorship in China so that users can access anything they want on their iPhones.

As soon as users download and install the YiSpecter app on their iPhones, the app will hijack all other apps and also charms the Safari browser on the phone to display full page ads. The malicious software also tends to replace the existing apps and changes the Safari’s default engine and bookmarks on the phones. This report was highlighted by the cyber security firm names Palo Alto Networks located in the United States.

The YiSpecter makes use of the private application programming interfaces to install the malicious app on the iPhone. It will then hoax the Spring Board of the iOS. This is the software that will manage all the app icons on the home screen and the malicious software will prevent users from deleting it. The app is so powerful that you do not need to jailbreak your iPhone or iOS devices to install the app, even if it’s an unauthorized app.

Apple has advised its iPhone users to stay away from other apps and only download the apps that are offered in the Apple App store and from its trusted sources. This particular malicious software issue is seen only on the iOS 9.0.

The cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks believe that the threat seems to be coming from a mobile advertisement firm based in China. Apple is now aware of this new threat for its phones in China and Taiwan.

It was only last month that another malicious app called xcodeGhost caused havoc in China and infected as many as 40 popular apps in the App store in China. The cyber security firm has said that there is no proper proof to suggest that xcodeGhost and YiSpecter are related to each other. The blog post of Palo Alto Networks has detailed steps posted on how to get rid of the YiSpecter apps from iPhone devices.

October 6th, 2015 by