A new report from security firm FireEye shows that the iPhone’s Wi-Fi is vulnerable to a new virus called “Virus H,” which could potentially lead to data loss and potentially compromise personal data.
The report, published today on FireEye’s website, found that “a high number of iPhone 5c users” are infected with “Virulence H,” a virus that is “similar in appearance to the WannaCry” attack that hit millions of computers in 2015.
FireEye researchers discovered the virus in an analysis of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3.5, which the company said is the first time it has found this type of virus.
It said it identified “a large number of devices” affected by the virus.
FireEye said the infected phones were among 1.6 million iPhones sold in the U.S. and “could represent as many as 20% of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ handsets sold worldwide.”
FireEagle identified about 80% of iPhones sold worldwide, and it said the virus could potentially infect a majority of devices.
FireEagle said it has been working with Apple to develop a fix for the virus, which is similar to the ones found on the WanaCry ransomware, but its not yet clear if that will be released for the iPhone.
Apple said it was working with researchers to develop fixes for the new virus.