Apple’s iOS is known for being highly-secured compared to rival open source platforms, but a newly discovered malware family preying on jailbroken iPhones has stolen login credentials of over 225,000 Apple accounts. By far, this is one the biggest Apple account compromises caused by a malware. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Dubbed as ‘KeyRaider’, this new malware has been discovered by researchers at the Palo Alto Networks. As mentioned above, this malware has affected jailbroken iPhones across countries like Russia, China, France, Japan, the UK and the US. The data breach has resulted in 100 percent fraudulent app purchases and in some cases, users have also reported that they aren’t able to unlock their iPhones. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Jailbreaking an iPhone does allow users to have complete control over their smartphone, but it also poses a bigger security threat as hackers can easily steal Apple ID and password using a malware. This malware allows hackers to steal the security certificates, keys and the unique identifier of iPhones, something that runs the push notification system in iOS. By breaking into jailbroken iPhones, hackers can easily obtain App Store data, thus getting access to install apps for free. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Currently, there is no software patch for the KeyRaider malware, but hopefully, Apple might include it in the next update. Till then, if you own an iPhone, we would recommend you not to venture into jailbreaking until there is a viable fix.