Living outside the Apple set boundaries can be dangerous. An iOS malware stole over 225,000 Apple accounts on jailbroken iPhones.
Jailbreaking gives iPhone owners the freedom to customize and install anything they like. The freedom comes with a price. A malware stole over 225,000 Apple accounts from jailbroken iPhones.
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The KeyRaider malware was spotted in Asia first by a member of the WeipTech (Weiphone Tech Team) group. WeipTech is an amateur technical group consisting of users from Weiphone.
The malware started to collect Apple Accounts in early July. Jailbroken iPhones got infected via the Cydia app repositories. Palo Alto Networks reports in their in-depth analyses of the hack that only Weiphone’s Cydia repositories for jailbroken iOS devices have been the source.
Jailbreakers should change their Apple account password just to be on the safe side. Additionally they can check their iPhone to see if it has been infected.
Install openssh server through Cydia
Connect to the device through SSH
Go to /Library/MobileSubstrate/DynamicLibraries/, and grep for these strings to all files under this directory: wushidou, gotoip4, bamu, getHanzi
In case any of these strings is found in a file, Palo Alto Networks recommends to delete it immediately and also the corresponding plist file. After a reboot, the phone should be malware free.
The Apple account is very powerful. It gives hackers access not only to iTunes to buy apps and media, but also to control the iPhone and hold it for ransom.
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