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AdThief Malware Found Infecting 75,000 Jailbroken iOS Devices


iPhoneForums.net News Team
Jun 15, 2010
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Bay Area, CA

When it comes to infected files, filled with malware and viruses, iOS device are usually pretty safe and in the clear. That is, until an iOS device gets Jailbroken and the user starts downloading Cydia packages from shady repositories.

Security researcher Axelle Apvrille recently posted a story about the malware AdThief. AdThief won't steal your personal information, but it will however switch out the publisher ID of publishers using mobile ad services.

Apvrille writes that AdThief has effected over 75,000 devices, stealing ad revenue from publishers and generating ad revenue for the malware creator. After tracking down the creator, the malware developer could only be identified as Rover12421.

Mr. Rover's malware targets ad services like AderMob, AdsMogo, AdMob, Google Mobile Ads, and more. There currently isn't any know fix for the malware, nor a way to check if your device has been effected. We recommend that Jailbreak users avoid using pirate and shady repos in Cydia.