Malware infects Apple gizmos again
The latest is something called WireLurker, which is collecting phone book contacts, call logs and other sensitive info. Researchers reckon more than 450 Mac OS X applications offered on a Chinese third-party application store called Maiyadi have been loaded up with WireLurker.
So if you're smart enough to stick to Apple's official appstore, you'll be fine. If not, you may as well jump off a bridge/sort your phone out.
These affected apps have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and some paranoid folk reckon that this is an information gathering operation and some are hysterical enough to think that the Chinese are spying on everyone. China's authorities, for the record, are saying that this notion is complete poppycock (but that's exactly what a spy would say).
So what's the deal? Basically, if you connect your iOS device to an infected Mac using a USB cable, the WireLurker malware gets to work and starts looking for vulnerabilities in your security. It then installs itself on your iPhone or iPad.
Apple said in a statement: "We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we've blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."