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Three Arrested in Connection with WireLurker Malware

Three people in China have been arrested on suspicion of spreading malware that infects the Apple operating system. Chinese law enforcement officials say the three suspects were charged with spreading the WireLurker malware, which primarily targeted devices in China. The suspects were arrested in the Beijing area, and Chinese authorities shut down the site distributing the malware. The malware was installed via software downloaded to Mac desktops from the Maiyadi app store, and could then attack iOS devices connected to an infected Mac. Infected Mac apps had already been downloaded more than 300,000 times before WireLurker was discovered, and a Windows version of the malware was found. Apple blocked the infected apps and warned users to install software only from trusted sources. (BBC)(The Verge)(Beijing Bureau of Public Security)

Researchers Develop Hack via Malicious Device Charger

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a proof-of-concept charger able to install malware onto an Apple device. The researchers say they used their Mactans malicious charging device to inject arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system. They say their hack could be particularly effective because it requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction. The researchers built their malicious charger using a BeagleBoard, a low-cost single board computer that is too large to fit in conventional power adaptors but could be concealed in a device such as a docking station. “While Mactans was built with [a] limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish,” they noted. Apple has declined to comment on the work, according to Forbes magazine. The researchers will present their findings at the Black Hat USA 2013 security conference in July. (CNET)(Forbes)(Black Hat USA 2013)

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