Researchers have uncovered malware in 17 iOS apps that were removed from Apple’s official App Store.

Researchers have uncovered 17 apps on Apple’s official App Store infected with malware. Apple has since removed the apps from the App Store – but a “significant” number of iOS users could have installed them, researchers said.

Once downloaded, the malicious apps infect victims with a trojan designed to carry out fraud and ad-related malicious activity in the background, including continually opening web pages and clicking links without any user interaction.

“The objective of most clicker trojans is to generate revenue for the attacker on a pay-per-click basis by inflating website traffic,” said researchers with Wandera, who discovered the malicious apps, in a Thursday post. “They can​ also be used to drain the budget of a competitor by artificially inflating the balance owed to the ad network.”

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