Cyber crooks may gain access to iPhone devices using a Complex iPhone Mobile Malware!
Mobile applications ask for a lot of permissions from the user during installation. Many users just ignore these pop-ups and click on ‘allow’ to the different permissions that the applications asks access to. At times, the applications ask for permissions which are unrelated to the smooth functioning of the said application.
Some apps ask permission to track user location. The users can opt out of this on their own discretion, but the ability to choose is taken away by some malicious apps. These apps don’t allow the user to stop location tracking on their device.
It has come to light that iPhone users may be targeted by cyber crooks using a complex iPhone mobile malware campaign. This malware campaign is designed to trick users into downloading an open-source MDM software package. Read More on how 13 iPhone users were targeted using MDM Malware
MDM or Mobile Device Management Protocol is security software employed by large companies to monitor and control policies on the devices used by the members of the workforce. Thus, if hijacked by cyber crooks, MDM allows the criminals to manage and gain control to almost anything on the device.
The cyber miscreants can steal information from the user’s iPhone device after gaining full access through the hijacked MDM Software. The sensitive and personal information stolen by the crooks can include the user’s phone number, contacts, location, bank account details, credit and debit card details, personal photos, videos, documents, chat messages from WhatsApp and Telegram, SMS messages etc.
The researchers were not able to pinpoint the spreading method of this complex mobile malware but according to their educated guess, it was done through social engineering to manipulate the users into installing this virus.
To prevent any mishaps, users should be aware about the recent happenings in the cyber world. Users should read the latest security news and be able to distinguish between fake and real emails, links and phone calls.
Turning off the location services on the device when not in use should be implemented. Getting hijacked online and data stolen is a threat, but if the cyber crooks can track your location then they can pose a threat your physical safety.
And last but not the least, use a mobile security application which scans your device for latest threats and alerts and removes them from your phone.