A reminder that while iOS still seems to be safer from malware threats (as long as you don’t jailbreak your device), Apple’s walled garden is not totally weed free. Researchers found malicious apps in Apple’s App Store which use vulnerabilities in iOS’s digital rights management software to install malware on standard (non jailbroken) devices. This particular family of malware only targets devices located in mainland China, but there is no guarantee that others may try and exploit this issue to infect other users.
Apple removed the malicious apps from the App Store when they were informed of the issue, but it is important to note that the apps stayed up in spite of multiple reviews by Apple until then.
We iDevice users have been quite lucky when it comes to malware, but it is important to remember that iOS is not immune to malware attacks. The best defense is to be choosy about the apps you install – if you have not heard of an app, look for reviews and information out on the net before downloading it to your phone.
Of course, Donald Trump promises to build a “terrific” wall around Apple’s App Store and make Mexico pay for it…