Malware detected for the first time on iOS App Store

Considering the iOS App Store has been running since 2008 the fact that this is the first time Malware has been detected is not too bad.

Kaspersky antivirus experts discovered a Russian-language app called “Find and Call” that was available in both the Apple App Store and in Google Play. It turns out that it is a Trojan that takes the contact details from the address book, uploads them to a remote server and then sends spam to the various email address and phone numbers.

The app has since been removed from the App Store and Google Play.

“The Find and Call app has been removed from the App Store due to its unauthorized use of users’ address book data, a violation of App Store guidelines,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Wired.

It does appear that the damage has been limited to Russian iOS users although the App was available to anyone.

During Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the App Store boasts 400 million accounts with registered credit cards, as well as 650,000 available apps to download.


Posted on July 6, 2012, in News, Software, Tech and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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