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- Wandera, a software-as-a-service firm specializing in mobile security, has identified 17 apps that install malware on iOS devices.
- Because these represent only a fraction of the offerings on the App Store, there are likely other offending apps, according to the company.
- We’ve rounded up other apps that you should also be wary of installing.
It’s called Trojan malware for a reason: Just like the Ancient Greek story where soldiers snuck through the gates of Troy by hiding inside a wooden horse, some malware can sneak into your phone through seemingly innocuous apps and programs that you’ve voluntarily installed.
According to threat researchers at the software-as-a-service mobile security firm Wandera, there are 17 apps currently listed on Apple’s App Store that contain these Trojans. Specifically, they’re called “clicker Trojan malware” and they communicate with a command and control server to simulate users’ interactions so that the creators can fraudulently collect advertisement revenue.
This malware is technically called adware because it makes it looks like you’ve viewed an advertisement.
Clearly that’s a problem for enterprise-level firms, because advertisers may be ripped off or the attacker may be targeting a competitor company to artificially inflate its advertising budget.
What’s the big deal for you, then? Well, the Trojan can complete tasks in the background, like continually opening and closing web pages or clicking links without your permission. The researchers found one case where a user had been fraudulently subscribed to an expensive online service after installing one of the apps.
The List of Infected Apps:
The 17 apps with Trojan malware installed include the following:
The apps are listed from different countries, but they all lead back to the same developer: AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in India.
At press time, we’ve found some of the apps have already been removed from the App Store, but you should still double check that you don’t have any of these on your iOS device, stat. And if you had them installed previously but have since deleted the apps, make sure to check your bank statements to avoid possible repeat charges for services you may have been fraudulently subscribed to at the time of install.