Wirelurker first infects Mac OS X, being spread via third-party Mac applications, primarily though the Chinese Maiyadi App Store. It then spreads to iOS devices connected via USB using the enterprise provisioning system.
Once installed onto an iPhone, WireLurker sends identifying information to a remote server and attempts to install benign-looking apps onto the device. These are likely to be testers, setting up for more malicious programs to be installed at a later date.
Unless you have downloaded pirated software from a Chinese source recently, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. But if you are concerned about this nasty piece of malware, Palo Alto Networks has released a WireLurker detector you can run on your Mac.
Kobalt claims that in the last quarter, Spotify paid, on average, 13 percent more royalties to its clients than Apple (iTunes). This suggests the tipping point has been reached when streaming music is now more lucrative for artists than paid music.
Apple iTunes is still a big part of the overall music industry, with $4.6 billion in sales during the last quarter, but streaming music is clearly the future. These figures from Kobalt merely back what people within the industry have been saying for some time.
You may soon be able to get a free Nest thermostat by signing up for a contract with selected utility companies. According to CNET, the Google-owned company has inked such a deal with Electric Ireland, which means people in the Republic of Ireland can already make use of the offer.
Announcing the deal at the Web Summit in Dublin, Nest CEO Tony Fadell promised to “bring it out to hopefully many more countries,” boasting, “this is a seminal event in Ireland [that] we think is going to change the world.”
Nest products aren’t cheap, so giving one away as a bonus for choosing one utility company over another could be a massive boon for all concerned.
A Handheld Raspberry Pi Games Console
One budding hobbyist has created a handheld Raspberry Pi games console, and is looking to fund its development through Kickstarter. The eNcade features a Raspberry Pi with arcade inputs inserted into a cute, colorful case. And it’s capable of playing any old ROM you can get your hands on.
A fully assembled eNcade requires a pledge of $160 or more, but more capable hardware hackers can pay less and 3D-print their own case instead.
While announcing the release, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, “As we worked on the remake version, we set out to maintain the original level of challenge, while keeping the game accessible for anyone. So we also focused on making sure the gameplay experience was as smooth as possible.” Which suggests this version may be dumbed-down ever so slightly.
300 iPhones Affected By BendGate
And finally, the furore surrounding BendGate may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still people out there seeking the truth. This video, compiled by the website One of the Nine, suggests Apple was being economical with the truth when it stated “a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.”
I haven’t watched Sesame Street for many years, but I’m pretty sure the number nine and the number 300 are quite some way apart from each other. [H/T BGR]
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