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Malware detected in the iOS App Store for the first time

Malware detected in the iOS App Store for the first time

It has not been a good day for the App Store. Shortly after it came to light that a widespread bug has been causing newly updated apps distributed by the store to instantly crash upon opening, security researchers unearthed the first known instance of malware in another application in the iOS App Store.

Kaspersky antivirus experts discovered a Russian-language app called “Find and Call” that was available in both the Apple App Store and in Google Play. The app is essentially a Trojan that steals and uploads the user’s address book to a remote server. Once uploaded, the server then sends spam to the email addresses and phone numbers belonging to the victim’s contacts telling them about the Find and Call application. The app also grabs the GPS coordinates from the victim’s phone and uploads them to the server.

The app, which claims to be a utility for simplifying your contacts list, was quickly removed from the App Store, and appears to be removed from Google Play, as well.

“The Find and Call app has been removed from the App Store due to its unauthorised use of users’ address book data, a violation of App Store guidelines,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Wired.

It should be noted that the app does, in a way, seek permission to access the user’s address book by asking if the user wants to “find friends in a phone book.” But when the user agrees, the app surreptitiously swipes the contact data and then uses it to send out spam to the user’s contacts while making it appear that the spam is coming from the user so that it looks to the recipient like it’s coming from someone he or she knows. The spam message includes a link for the recipient to download the Find and Call app.

Read More/Source: Wired

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