AdThief Malware Infects Nearly 75.000 Jailbroken iPhones and iPads
According to the latest report from a security researcher Axelle Apvrille, a new piece of malware has been recently discovered that is developed to hijack the ad revenue. It is called AdThief. Malicious software infects jailbroken devices, so if you have one, be careful while using Cydia. You see, the malware comes in the form of Cydia Substrate extension and it is nearly impossible for an average user to identify and get rid of it.
Although AdThief is aimed at stealing money from those people, who create and place ads in Cydia, I don’t think you will be pleased to have it installed on your iPhone or iPad, right?
Security researcher Axelle Apvrille recently published a paper about AdThief, a malware aimed at hijacking ad revenue from a reportedly 75,000 infected devices. First discovered in March 2014, and also known as “spat,” the malware, which comes disguised as a Cydia Substrate extension, was found to replace the publisher ID of publishers with the one of the malware creator, effectively attributing all ad revenue to him.
To conclude, I would like to say that you should be careful in choosing repositories and downloading packages in Cydia. This is probably the best way not to get infected.
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