Exodus the Spyware that Passed as an iOS App

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However, we need to let all Android fans know that bug fixes are what's actually keeping the operating system running without any issues. A work profile can now be used to register for Find My Device, and if a user locks his device remotely, he is prompted to perform a security update. Exodus was originally created to ensnare android users. Taking a shot at the walled gardens of iOS, the report states "closed platforms lead to distrust and a unsafe false sense of security through obscurity". On the other hand, on the iOS version, they count on users for unintentional permission.

But once the spyware has been installed, it can mine a user's contacts, audio recordings, photos, videos, and device information (including real-time location data).

The powerful spy app was found on multiple numbers of third-party app stores in Italy and Turkmenistan dangerously claiming to be cell carriers.

How did Exodus enter within the iOS boundary?

While it is hard to bypass Apple's App Store, it seems the developer abused their Apple-issued Developer Enterprise program certificates to infect unsuspecting victims.

Following on from the second developer beta of iOS 12.3, Apple has now released their iOS 12.3 public beta 2. Mostly because waiting for an OTP every time you log into a Google app proves to be inconvenient.

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What is Apple doing to eliminate the risk?

After researchers disclosed their findings, Apple revoked the app maker's enterprise certificate, preventing malicious apps from being installed on new iPhones and unable to run on infected devices. Once the handset has been updated, they will also get an "All good!"

Also, Assistenza is not the only app that tries to take advantage of Apple's enterprise certification.

Sticking to Apple's official app store remains to be the safest move for iPhone users to do to avoid the powerful spyware attacks such as the Exodus.

The company first tried to simply patch its way out of the issues with the old app, but eventually realised that it would have to rewrite the Android version from scratch to achieve the results the company wanted, the report said.

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