Apple's trademark operating system, iOS is assumed to be immune to malwares because of its closed environment, Apple's heavy duty real time monitoring of Apps available on Apple App Store and a very vocal iOS users community. But a study by FortiGuard Labs reveals that iOS is not immune to Malware. In comparison with Android, the malware for iOS is limited but to think that iOS is totally malware proof is wishful thinking as per FortiGuard Labs.
As per the list prepared by FortiGuard Labs, there are eleven malwares. The iOS malwares first appeared in June 2009 and the latest appeared in March, 2014. iOS malwares range from SMS forwarder, spyware, mobile banking malware, keyloggers, adware and password stealers.
The list of all the iOS malware discovered since the launch of iOS operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices is listed below. Readers may also note that all iOS devices including jailbroken ones are susceptible to these malware, however the risk of getting a malware on jailbroken iPhone is far greater.
|Name||Discovery date||Presumed origin||Devices||Type|
|iOS/Eeki.A!worm||Nov-09||Australia (Ashley Towns)||Jailbroken||Worm Proof of Concept|
|iOS/Eeki.B!worm||Nov-09||The Netherlands||Jailbroken||Mobile banking malware|
|iOS/Toires.A!tr.spy||Nov-09||Switzerland (Nicolas Seriot)||Any (jailbroken or not)||Rogue application - Proof Of Concept|
|Adware/LBTM!iOS||Sep-10||France||Any (jailbroken or not) - Was found (and removed) in the official AppStore||Call premium phone number|
|iOS/FindCall.A!tr.spy||Jul-12||Russia?||Any (jailbroken or not) - Was found (and removed) in the official AppStore||Privacy trojan|
|iOS/AdThief.A!tr||Mar-14||China||Jailbroken||Ad revenue hijacking|
Apple has been very watchful about the Apps being uploaded on its App store and immediately removes any suspected Apps.