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31st Aug 2015

Malware Virus Steals Account Information From iPhones

It's believed to be the biggest Apple account theft to date.

Cathy Donohue

According to reports today, a computer virus has stolen information from over 225,000 iPhones.

The Malware virus has been referred to as ‘KeyRaider’ because “it raids victims’ passwords, private keys and certificates.”

Claud Xiao, who works for Palo Alto Networks, told Computer World that the virus is the “largest known Apple account theft caused by malware”.

So far, it’s thought that the virus has only affected jailbroken phones, i.e. a phone where the user has installed apps that aren’t from the Apple Store.

The virus has been dubbed ‘KeyRaider’

At the moment, reports say that KeyRaider has affected users in 18 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, China, France, Russia and Japan.

At present, a number of iPhone users have noticed charges on their accounts for premium apps that they did not purchase.

The Malware virus also blocked one iPhone user and used the device to present a ransom demand.

H/T Metro via Palo Alto Networks