By Daniel Hunter

Apple devices, mostly in China, are being targeted by a new malware, online security researchers have warned.

Palo Alto Networks said the WireLurker malware originated in China and is mainly affected devices in the country.

It spreads through the apps and can steal users information. The researchers said around 400 infected apps have been downloaded 350,000 times.

"WireLurker is unlike anything we've ever seen in terms of Apple iOS and OS X malware," said Ryan Olson, the company's intelligence director.

"The techniques in use suggest that bad actors are getting more sophisticated when it comes to exploiting some of the world's best-known desktop and mobile platforms."

Angry Birds, The Sims 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 are big names amongst the infected apps.

It will come as a huge blow to Apple. It's devices are typically regarded as being the safest available, often not requiring anti-virus software.

It also follows the massive leak of nude celebrity images after the person who posted the images claimed that they hacked into Apple's iCloud storage service.

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