The iPhone may be a crowd pleaser in China, but it’s fast running into trouble with the country’s love of black market apps. A third major iOS malware threat has been reported in just six weeks.

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks identified the latest malware called ‘YiSpecter’, which has the ability to remove and download apps, add full screen advertisements to apps, retrieve user data and change browser settings and bookmarks.

According to Palo Alto Networks the virus has primarily affected Chinese and Taiwanese users who have used a modified version of the QVOD media player, a well known service in China for streaming pirated videos and porn. The virus attacks and abuses private APIs, allowing it to implement control over various functionalities within the iOS system.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com