“Masque Attack” Malware’s Potential to Hurt Apple Product Owners

Yesterday, security researchers discovered a vulnerability in Apple’s software that would make it susceptible to data hacks, similar to previous breaches seen earlier this year. The potential hack comes in the form of a downloadable app, and while it is seen as a threat it is not known if hackers have implemented it on a large scale. Cybersecurity company, FireEye, has disclosed the weakness in the system, calling it the “Masque Attack” flaw, and has warned that users of Apple devices should not download any app that does not come directly from the Apple Store or click any suspicious links.

According to AppleInsider, Mac and iOS users remain protected from viruses and malware by default as long as they take no steps to bypass the security systems, for example, by “jailbreaking” devices, disabling GateKeeper protections, or choosing to trust unidentified app developers.

However, representatives of FireEye contend Masque Attack suggests Apple devices are more vulnerable to malicious attacks than consumers may believe. Apple products have increasingly become a more attractive target for hackers as more and more people use them for professional purposes.

The infected app disguises itself as an offer to update a popular online game. Once downloaded, the malware can copy sensitive passwords and other information, sending it wirelessly to hackers.

 

Read more here- “Wirelurker, Masque Attack Malware Only a Threat for Users who Disable Apple’s iOS, OS X Security,” (Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.

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