A band of researchers have discovered a new strain of Android malware that is nearly impossible to remove from mobile devices. Furthermore, it has the capability of rendering smartphones vulnerable to harmful root exploits. What is worse is that the Android malware has the ability to mask itself as one of the many mobile apps supplied from Facebook, Twitter, and even Okta, a two factor authentication service.
Palo Alto Networks, a California-based network security company, has discovered a new family of malware called WireLurker that could threaten 800 million Apple devices today. According to Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is the first of its kind that can easily infect iOS apps the way a regular computer virus could. The company added that WireLurker is only the second malware family known that can affect iOS devices via OS X, the operating system used in every one of Apple's Mac computers. What WireLurker does is monitor any iOS-run device that is connected through USB with an infected OS X computer. It then downloads third-party apps into the iOS device. As stated in Palo Alto's 30-page report, the malware can steal all sorts of data from any device it infects, and even asks for updates from the attacker's server, which means it is always in development.
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