Hundreds of thousands of Apple accounts stolen from iPhones

1 September 2015

sad-apple-logo Even though Apple's iOS is well regarded for its robust security, it isn't completely without the risk of some swine causing bother with it. If you jailbreak a phone, you do away with all that lovely security so you can get full control of your gadget.

With that, malware is being installed via third-party iOS apps onto jailbroken iPhones, which has resulted in what is being described as "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware."

The malware is called KeyRaider, and has stolen around 225,000 iOS users' Apple account credentials, purchasing receipts, certificates and private keys according to the security firm, Palo Alto Networks and Chinese iPhone developers Weiptech.

And now, for a lot of jargon.

"The malware hooks system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device. KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and iPads," the Palo Alto Networks wrote in a blog post.

So what's happening, in plain English? Around 225,000 accounts are thought to be affected, and some people have said that their accounts are showing abnormal purchasing history. Others have said that their phones are being held for ransom by people who are best described as 'not-rights'.

If you don't have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod, then you don't need to do anything at all. You're golden. Those with affected jailbroken phones reside in countries including the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Russia, Japan, America, Canada, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and South Korea.

You can read all of Palo Alto Networks findings and check out their tool which will help you to check if your device has been affected and some other helpful bits... click here.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Scams   Technology

2 comments

  • DrJogalog
    If it was un-jailbroken devices that were affected, you may have a story...
  • Father J.
    Who cares, all Apple users are nobheads anyway.

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