The internet security company Kaspersky Lab claims to have identified the first piece of malware to appear in Apple’s App Store.
According to ZDNet, the Moscow-based antivirus software seller says the offending app was called Find And Call.
Kaspersky says it was uploading the contact lists of users to a remote server, and then sending out SMS spam to those numbers. The text messages also contained a link to download the infected application.
An Android version of the suspect software also appeared in the Google Play app store.
Malware being hosted in the Android domain is a fairly common problem. However, if verified, this will be the first ever evidence of malware slipping through Apple’s notoriously tight approval system for going onto its App Store.
Kaspersky said it first thought it was an old-fashioned SMS worm distributed via text messages alone but it later diagnosed it as a trojan originating in the app stores.
Find And Call has since been removed from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The alleged malware is not related to serious problems that the Apple App Store suffered this week. Users were finding that some recently downloaded or updated apps were crashing when launched. It affected a wide range of titles, including Instapaper, Angry Birds Space and at least 100 others.
AllThingsD reports that the issue was due to a server glitch that meant purchased software codes were not being unlocked on user’s devices properly. Apple says the fault has now been rectified and users can re-download any affected apps.
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