Apple’s official statement on the YiSpecter iOS malware

Earlier today, we posted about a report from Palo Alto Networks about YiSpector, iOS malware that was said to attack non-jailbroken iOS devices.

We reached out to Apple for comment and they responded with this statement:

“This issue only impacts users on older versions of iOS who have also downloaded malware from untrusted sources. We addressed this specific issue in iOS 8.4 and we have also blocked the identified apps that distribute this malware. We encourage customers to stay current with the latest version of iOS for the latest security updates. We also encourage them to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and pay attention to any warnings as they download apps.”

Bottom line, sounds like this may have been an issue in the past, that Apple has already added the safeguards to deal with YiSpecter back in the iOS 8.4 release, and that if you download your apps from the App Store, you’ll be safe.

  • In that case – heads up all those iPhone 4 users who are stuck on 7.1.2.

    • Wow. didn’t realize 4 owners got to 7.

    • rogifan

      And all those people are downloading apps from untrusted sources outside the AppStore?

  • Borja

    The explanation about the infection mechanisms was really too fuzzy. Now it’s clear why,

    If sellers of magic boxes could only be able and willing to write accurate descriptions…