According to Apple the iOS 8 Masque Attack virus has not affected a single user yet
Researchers have discovered a serious flaw in iOS 8 that allows hackers to replace legitimate applications installed on an iPhone with malware apps capable of stealing user data. Cupertino’s company has defended that there are still no affected users and that with proper control of the applications that are downloaded and from where, nothing should happen.
Apple responds to the issue
The United States government has even issued a warning about this , to which Apple has replied that this type of attack, known as Masque Attack, has not affected any user yet or at least no case is known.
“We have designed OSX and iOS with a security feature that ensures users are protected and warned before potentially malicious software is installed.”
“We are not aware of any customers who have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to download only trusted sources, such as the App Store, and heed all warnings. Business users who install custom applications should install them from a secure website. “
An Apple spokesperson.
For the Masque Attack virus to affect the device, the user has had to download applications from a third party source first, which is something they should not do, and not ignore the warnings offered by the device that it is not a trusted site before starting the download.
How to install third-party or enterprise applications?
Apple has created a document to assist users who download custom or enterprise applications from sources other than the App Store. It also communicates how you should securely install an application that’s not in the app store on the block in iOS 8. The organization or enterprise must have created a patent in iOS Developer Enterprise Program , so that they can create custom apps for iOS devices and distribute them to employees securely.
In the following image you can see an example of an application that is out of the App Store, but that can be downloaded safely, since the company is registered as we have mentioned before.
And in this other one you can see an image of an application that is not in the App Store and that has not followed the protocol provided by the company of the apple. The message is different and is communicated by the eighth version of Apple’s operating system on the device. With the answers “I trust” and “I don’t trust” . The next step is up to the user.
It’s best not to install applications from third-party websites, even if the name sounds familiar or if it seems like a safe application, unless you know for sure what you’re installing. Apple advises that to avoid these malware issues it is always best to install apps only from the App Store, as those in the App Store have followed a checklist. In addition, the app company removes those that it believes are potentially dangerous or do not meet the requirements.
The Masque Attack virus has not yet affected anyone with the iOS 8 system, according to Cupertino’s company, but this does not mean that it will eventually affect any user. We have known all this thanks to BGR.
The problem is that perhaps they trust too much the users’ criteria when choosing which application to install, they trust that they will not install an application that they do not recommend. They also trust that users will do their part if there is an alleged attack on the security of Apple Pay and its NFC chip, as we learned a few days ago.
And you, do you install apps that aren’t on the App Store?