This week has been detected which would be the first known virus for iOS, the mobile operating system from Apple. According to Wired magazine, the malware was in an application available on the App Store, and was discovered by Kaspersky, Russian multinational specialized in digital security.
The app, available in Russian language, was called Find and Call and has been removed from Apple’s app store. According to Kaspersky, the program disguises itself as a feature to simplify contact lists, but is basically a Trojan. The malware works like this: steal data from the user’s address book and places them on a remote server. After that, the server sends spam via e-mail to the contacts with a link to the Call and Find app, and can still access the location coordinates of the device of the victim through the GPS.
“Find and Call The application has been removed from App Store due to unauthorized use of the contacts that made by users, violating the guidelines of the App Store,” said a spokesman for Apple Wired.
The same application was available on Google Play, app store for Android mobile operating system, but apparently also been deleted.
Despite being available only in Russian, the malicious application could be downloaded by anyone through the app stores from Apple and Google.
Until then, malwares could not penetrate the robust review process for Apple applications, however the Find and Call may have passed because it followed the rule (required by the App Store since early this year) only access the user’s contacts with prior authorization thereof. That is, to be installed on the iPhone, the app with malware displayed a message asking the user to access the agenda and only entered into activity after receiving permission.