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iPhone app in Apple’s App Store found to contain… Windows malware?

Zach Epstein
July 26th, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Apple’s (AAPL) stiff rules and extensive testing procedures have done a great job of keeping malware out of the iOS App Store. With just a few notable exceptions, iOS users have been able to download apps without having to worry that their personal data or their device itself might be compromised. As discovered by users and recently noted in Apple’s own support forum, however, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners who download apps using iTunes on Windows PCs might want to start exercising some caution.

Sophos’s Naked Security blog on Wednesday noted that a live app in Apple’s iOS App Store has been found to contain malware. Not iOS malware, however… Windows malware.

The app in question, dubbed “Instaquotes-Quotes Cards For Instagram,” was found to contain a Windows virus called Worm:Win32/VB.CB or Worm.VB-900. It is not clear if the worm was deliberately planted by the app’s developer or if it was an accident caused by an infection on the developer’s computer.

“Instaquotes-Quotes Cards For Instagram” was initially made available in the App Store on July 19th, and Apple removed it on July 24th two hours after it was discovered to contain malicious code.

[Via Naked Security]

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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