Apple has issued a statement saying it has dealt with a malware attack on iOS devices, just weeks after Chinese iPhones were hit by infected software.
The bug, known as YiSpector, is believed to have attacked devices which were installed with apps downloaded from outside the official App Store. It does not affect iOS 9.
Apple stated: “This issue only impacts users on older versions of iOS who have also downloaded malware from untrusted sources. We addressed this specific issue in iOS 8.4 and we have also blocked the identified apps that distribute this malware.
“We encourage customers to stay current with the latest version of iOS for the latest security updates. We also encourage them to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and pay attention to any warnings as they download apps.”
It’s only a fortnight since news broke of XCodeGhost, a bug which attacked Chinese iPhones via unofficial code used by developers when making apps.
At the time, Apple said developers should only use code accessible from official channels.
This latest attack appears to have been thwarted. However, if you’re concerned and your device is compatible, it is advisable to update to iOS 9 immediately.