This is Apple's response to the 'Masque Attack' malware vulnerability

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Apple has issued a response to recent reports that iOS 8 is susceptible to malware attacks.

After multiple reports this week discovered malicious software attacks could steal important data from the devices of iOS 8 users, Apple has issued a reply claiming they are unaware of any customers currently affected by the attack.

Apple issued the following statement to Apple news website iMore:

"We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software.

"We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps.

"Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."

Apple's statement on the issue isn't really that surprising; it hasn't yet been publicly reported that anyone has had their device infected by Masque Attack and their advise of how to avoid attacks is the same as what has been suggested in most media reports, including our own.

The Masque Attack malware can compromise iOS 8 devices by luring users into installing application outside of Apple's App Store. Attackers can send out phishing texts or emails with links to malicious apps, and if a user downloads the app it will install right over the top of a legitimate application making it very difficult to determine whether or not the device has been compromised.

Last night the US government increased the hype surrounding this type of cyber attack by issuing their own warning for users of Apple's most popular devices.

However the common user should have little to worry about, so long as they follow guidelines and heed the warnings, their devices should remain pretty secure.