Just a few weeks after its existence was revealed, Beijing police have arrested three people who are allegedly the authors of the WireLurker malware that targets Macs and iPhones.
Local authorities arrested the three suspects, with the last names of Chen, Li and Wang, after Chinese security company Qihoo 360 Technology called in a tip, according to the official Sina Weibo police blog. The police also said that the three had been using a well-known Chinese third-party application store and news hub for Apple products called Maiyadi as a vector for spreading the infection—resulting in the store’s shutdown as well.
WireLurker is a multi-pronged threat: it attacks and infects OS X-based Macs via compromised applications, and from there can infect any iPhone that’s connected via USB to the computer—regardless of jailbreak status. About 467 Mac desktop applications infected with the malware were discovered at Maiyadi earlier in the month by researchers at the Palo Alto Networks, which had been downloaded more than 356,000 times in the past six months.
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