Chinese hackers targeting Apple devices

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Apple products in China are being attacked by a malicious software bug called WireLurker.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, with the ever-growing popularity of Apple it was only a matter of time before we saw hackers attempting to compromise the company's highly-sought devices.

A security company called Palo Alto Networks has released research claiming that computers running various versions of Mac OS are being specifically targeted in China.

Those outside the eastern nation have no need to worry just yet. The way Mac computers are being infected is through applications being downloaded through the third party Maiyadi App Store only available in China.

Being a third-party store means none of the apps available to download go through Apple's certification and security checks, so Palo Alto Networks believe there to be 467 infected apps that could have been downloaded as many as 350,000 times.

The company also believes that iOS devices could become infected if they are connected to infected machines.

PAN's research team said: “WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious applications onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken."

The WireLurker software could potentially steal important information like contact or iMessage details, and it's understood the malicious software can be extremely difficult to remove.

China have had a iPhone boom over the past month after the iPhone 6 and 6+ became the first ever iPhones to become available in the country.