A New Malware Called AdThief Has Reportedly Infected Over 75,000 Jailbroken Devices

In April this year, an iOS malware called Unflod was infecting jailbroken devices and stealing the Apple ID and password of the users. It is possible to have your jailbroken iOS device infected if you download pirated tweaks from pirated repos. Now, there’s a new malware called AdThief, which has infected about 75,000 jailbroken devices so far.

AdThief, also known as spad, was discovered by security researcher Claud Xiao in March this year. This is an iOS malware that is only found in jailbroken devices and it hijacks advertisement revenues and redirects them to the attacker.

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This malware basically swaps an ad publishers id with that of the attacker, directing all the ad revenue to him and making him rich. According to the research paper published by Axelle Apvrille, revenue from over 21 million ads were hijacked using this malware. Ad networks such as Google’s AdMob and Mobile Ads were among the 15 different that were targeted.

After some digging, it was found that a Chinese hacker named Rover12421 was behind the malware. He did come forth and admit to working on spad sometime ago, but stated that he did not have any involvement in this malware. According to him, it was his only iOS project and he worked on it for a while, wrote some code, but is now closed. We can’t be sure if he’s telling the truth or just trying to avoid any charges. We are also not sure and neither is the security researcher, on how this malware infects jailbroken devices. It is built over Cydia’s Substrate platform and pirated tweaks could be one way how this makes its way into your iOS device.

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Comments

  1. unknown null says:

    Thanks for letting us know but should have put how to remove “if” you have this malware.

  2. Easy, download tweaks from BiteYourApple/HackYouriPhone. They do not have malware (I have downloaded tweaks from them since 2011)

  3. It doesnt matter if you have a jailbreak just use apples 2 step verification and your save and if you dont feel that change the pass.

  4. BigBlackGuy says:

    FOH bitch ass nigga wit yo gay ass

  5. All of my three devices (iPad Air 3G, iPad 2,4, iPhone 4 GSM) running 7.1.1-7.1.2 (jailbroken), apps have been crashing and they have Ben randomly doing a respring

  6. Lol stop stalking me it’s pathetic.

  7. BigBlackGuy says:

    See you can’t even spell properly nigger!

  8. And you a littleblackpussy dumfuck.

  9. Haduken2g says:

    Easy. Pay for your tweaks.

  10. Haduken2g says:

    _._

  11. Haduken2g says:

    Pay those damn two dollars for a tweak and you won’t run into issues.
    Don’t add ANY repos except coolstar’s and angelxwind’s.

  12. ..|.. FU

  13. I’m missing reasons to pay more for a device.

  14. Try downloading a new app from the App Store, it may solve the app crashing.

  15. Dani Hayes says:

    Try and buy is a nice way to test stuff. Nothing wrong with it.

  16. Unflod.dylib

  17. Support the devs

  18. kek i got adthief from installing stuff from BIGBOSS, don’t you even… lol

  19. I don’t care if they hack my iPhone I don’t use any banking account on it so it’s worthless.

  20. Support my country (Italy, BiteYourApple)

  21. AJEEEE sei italiano?

  22. slowdown

  23. MORALITY.

  24. Io parlo Italiano molto bene.

  25. 200 dollars on tweaks, themes, etc.

  26. :D

  27. Well, full name, phone number, email address and the road where you live is pretty good deal still… if they can buy APps, they can also access your details indeed.

  28. Except when you bootloop. Then that’s wrong…

  29. are you a pirate?

  30. I’ve never had an issue with a cracked app that the full app didn’t have as well. Talking about conflicts with other apps and tweaks.

  31. Every detail I put on my accounts is fake and I got a location scrambler jailbreak tweak so it doesn’s show my real location.

  32. Yes.

  33. BigBlackGuy says:

    Bitch ass get off ma dick

  34. Bitch ass motherfucker get off e40s dick and stfu yo asshole is a cave.

  35. BigBlackGuy says:

    bitch ass nigga get off ma dick ya hoe

  36. Haduken2g says:

    XSELIEEEEEEEZX

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