Masque Attack Alert: iOS App Data in Peril

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Security experts are warning of a major security threat which could allow malicious copycat apps to take the place of their legitimate namesakes on iOS 7 and 8 devices, and in so-doing steal sensitive user data.

The so-called ‘Masque Attack’ affects jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices and was taken advantage of in limited form by the WireLurker malware disclosed last week.

Masque Attack Alert iOS App Data in Peril

However, it’s more dangerous than that because it doesn’t need a USB connection to infect iOS devices – it can also work over the internet, replacing authentic apps and stealing data, according to FireEye.