Apple devices are at risk of a virus described by researchers as ‘the biggest scale’ malware they have ever seen.

Dubbed WireLurker, the malware targets both Mac computers as well as phones and tablets running iOS when connected using a USB cable.

After it has infected the Mac, when a mobile device is connected to the infected computer the virus spreads and installs malicious apps.

‘We believe that this malware heralds a new era in attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms,’ explained lead researcher Claud Xiao.

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