Paris, 18 November 2014 – The Wirelurker malware that originated in Asia is spreading across the globe. Apple, IOS and Mac OS X devices, reputed to be virus-safe, are being targeted by this new malware which is threatening enterprise networks. With the development of mobility and BYOD environments, these devices are being used more and more in the workplace and this has directly exposed enterprise networks to this new threat. In response to the news of this new malware Arkoon Netasq, a key player on the cyber-security market, has confirmed that Stormshield Network Security proactively protects enterprise networks against Wirelurker.

Apple phones, once spared large-scale attacks, have recently been hit by a malware called “Wirelurker” from Asia. The virus has already hit some hundreds of thousands of users, mostly in China. It apparently originated on a Chinese website that was offering corrupted free application and content downloads for Macintosh. It is thought that the Wirelurker malware can spread to iPhones via a simple USB cable. Once the application or content is downloaded on Mac OS X, Wirelurker is able to install itself on Mac computers and attack iPad or iPhones when they are connected via a USB connection.

Although most companies do not use Apple computers, the tendency towards BYOD could cause the malware to propagate via wire networks or WI-FI. Stormshield Network Security is the perfect countermeasure to secure networks and immediately isolate all contaminated devices. The Stormshield solution detects and blocks connection attempts between corrupted Apple devices and the Command&Control server on the internet. It is the Command&Control server that is normally used to send updates and orders to corrupted devices. With the Stormshield solution the virus is neutralised and the administrator receives a detailed alert immediately concerning the infected machines.

About Arkoon & Netasq:
Arkoon and Netasq run the Stormshield brand and offer innovative end-to-end security solutions to protect networks (Stormshield Network Security), workstations (Stormshield Endpoint Security) and data (Stormshield Data Security). These next-generation trusted solutions, certified at the highest level in Europe (EU restricted NATO and ANSSI EAL4+), ensure the protection of strategic information and are deployed through a partner network of distributors, integrators and operators in businesses of all sizes, government institutions and defense organizations worldwide.