The Biggest Apple iPhone Malware Hack Ever

Ever since the first iPhone released 8 years back, it has been surprisingly secure. There have been very few instances of malware and hacks on these devices, especially in comparison to the more open and less secure Android platform. From time to time though, a hack on iPhones comes along which gives millions of users cause to sit up and take notice and wonder if they should be doing more to protect their smartphone and data.

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Several in-built security features on Apple iPhones make them relatively harder to crack, but problems arise when people start jailbreaking these devices. ‘Jailbreaking’ is a term used to describe the process of removing hardware restrictions from iPhones thanks to various software exploits. This process not only voids the warranty of an iPhone, but leaves it vulnerable to attackers and other security holes.

What the Latest Hack Does

Such an incident has come to light in the last few hours and apparently this hack has left about 225,000 iPhones around the world vulnerable. Some Chinese iPhone developers and security researchers have discovered that almost a quarter of a million devices are leaking out their Apple iTunes’ passwords to malicious third-party vendors. This malware, called ‘KeyRaider’, only afflicts jailbroken iPhones.

Once the malware has been installed on a vulnerable device, it hides itself within several code packages and then starts tweaking the iPhone’s operating system in different ways. It slowly intercepts login information of the user and sends it out to remote servers. Once they gain access to the iTunes accounts, attackers can also hijack the payment information online and install paid apps on other iOS devices.

As a result this attack is being called “the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware”.

Only Jailbroken iPhones are Vulnerable

However, it has been found that all these 225,000 devices have been jailbroken. This process allowed these users to install apps from outside the Apple App Store. A close examination of the email addresses that were intercepted revealed that a majority of these victims were in fact Chinese.

Should iPhone Users be Worried?

The simple answer is that regular iPhone users should not be worried about the KeyRaider hack. This afflicts jailbroken devices only, so if you have jailbroken your iPhone then you may need to take some precautionary measures. Moreover, jailbroken devices have several other malware threats to worry about as well.

As of now, the KeyRaider malware only steals iTunes account information. But there is a distinct possibility that in the future, this malware can be used to lock iPhones and demand a ransom payment to unlock them. Additionally, it is recommended that people who have jailbroken their iPhones revert back to Apple’s relative secure ecosystem.

It also pays to be aware about several iPhone security tips and avoid actions that leave your iPhone vulnerable to malware threats and hacks.

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Indrajit Deb
Indrajit Deb
5 years ago

Thanks,that presently there is no chance of private data being compromised, as I do not share photos in internet and I use original software in my iphone and it is not jailbroken. Moreover, I use several levels of password in my phone. I do not share photos in icloud and lastly I do not taken any nude shots and never had any intention of doing such things in future. I think one of the foremost thing needed for iphone user is that do not jail break your iphone, always use applications from iphone store and always update your phone with… Read more »

Biswajit Biswas
Biswajit Biswas
5 years ago

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anonumous
anonumous
5 years ago

sir,
thank you for your guidance actually I ama victim of it as I have a cydia app on it.
Now the question is that how can I return to normal and safe phone?
hoping for a god reply and help

DARADE P D
DARADE P D
5 years ago

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Gratius
Gratius
5 years ago

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Thank you for the alert!

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Gulam nabi
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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vivek bharti
5 years ago

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Dipen Kalwani
5 years ago

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baidyanath bhanja
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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RANJAN
RANJAN
5 years ago

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Jatin Makhijani
Jatin Makhijani
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Dula Hembram
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Nilanjasa Basu
5 years ago

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Vasundhara
5 years ago

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Deepkaran
5 years ago

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amit kumar
5 years ago

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Lala Sangram
Lala Sangram
5 years ago

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Av
Av
5 years ago

Hey man you can’t blam to jailbreak coz the user install the unnecessary and unknown sources install and avoid his security
2nd thig the jailbreak is not a malware the tweak is malware so you know what you install
3rd most things is that why quick heal not properly full protection on iOS devices again malware and jailbreak also?????

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Amit Kumar
5 years ago

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Infotainment Network
5 years ago

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Partha pratim mandal
5 years ago

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vishal kumar
5 years ago

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Rajesh Joshi
5 years ago

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shivam yadav
5 years ago

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Rajesh Raval
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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SHASHI KUMAR SB
4 years ago

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Anurag Agrawal
Anurag Agrawal
4 years ago

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