New Malware Steals Account Information on Jailbroken iPhones

New Malware Steals Account Information on Jailbroken iPhones

Here’s another reason not to jailbreak your iPhone.

About 225,000 Apple account information have been obtained by malicious software installed on unlocked iPhones, one of the largest known thefts of its kind.

Called KeyRaider, the malware stole Apple account usernames, passwords and device IDs by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device. The attack is made possible by jailbreaking the device or removing hardware restrictions on Apple’s iOS, the installing unauthorized applications outside the App Store.

A student at Yangzhou University discovered the attack earlier this summer, after he and other members of a group started investigating reports that some users’ accounts were being used to make unauthorized purchases.

They examined the various tweaks, they found one that collected user information and uploaded it to a suspicious site.

It has been dubbed a non-issue that affects only a small fraction of iPhone users.

According to Chris Camejo, senior vice president of NTT Com Security,

“It only affects jailbroken phones using alternative app stores and demonstrates why we’ve been advising against jailbreaking devices or allowing jailbroken devices in a corporate environment for a long time.”

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