Almost an year back Apple’s App Store used to be a clean and healthy place for iDevice applications, and then suddenly things changed when first malware was detected in the App Store. Later on a lot of spam apps, and malware/adware apps have surfaced in the Apple App Store, gradually increasing the security threat level for devices like Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There was a time when Apple was appreciated for flawless App Store performance and the store was considered to be one of the most secure app center for iDevices. Well, seems like things have changed a bit recently!
Apple App Store Malware Detected
Recent reports from trusted sources confirm that a popular image-quotes collecting service is being said to have an old Windows malware embedded within it. The service which goes by the name - Instaquotes Quotes-Cards for Instagram is being said to contain the Windows malware, though the security threat from this is minimum.
CNN earlier today confirmed that the malware had accidentally slipped into the app from developers computer which further got through the App Store censors mysteriously. This is not the first time a malware has been encountered. Rather, we have seen quite a number of infections penetrating through the App Store in the recent months.
One of the Apple Forum members found the infection when he first downloaded the app which further got flagged by his anti-virus program. Here is what CNN was seen stating:
“In a recent post to an Apple discussion forum, user “deesto” mentioned he had downloaded the free “Instaquotes Quotes Cards for Instagram” app from the iTunes store and noticed that his ClamXav antivirus program had flagged the downloaded file as containing the “Worm.VP-900″ malware…
…To test the claims in the discussion forum, I download the Instaquotes package from the iTunes store and, scanning it with Symantec’s free iAntivirus program, found that it contains the following two Windows executables that are flagged as being malware.
The worm is being said to have developed in 2009 and is detectable by almost all antivirus programs. Even though it doesn’t post as a security threat to iOS or Mac, it is not a bad idea to keep the app under surveillance unless and until Apple cleans its App Store. It is time for Apple to improve and update their security check levels before an app is submitted for review. Let us know your views via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed!