06/11/2014 03:53 GMT | Updated 06/11/2014 03:59 GMT

Major iPhone Malware Found In China

Apple's iPhone debut in China is not proving to be the smoothest of launches as a security firm in California has just discovered a major piece of malware for the smartphone which can deliver infected software.

Called 'WireLurker', the malware was discovered by Palo Alto Networks who have revealed the sheer scale of the problem with 467 infected apps having been downloaded 300,000 times.

Palo Alto is claiming that it's only the second piece of software that can transmit between OS X and iOS through USB connections and it's the first known piece of software that can attack normal non-jailbroken iPhones.

If that wasn't bad enough it turns out that once on your device it'll copy your phonebook and then read all of your iMessages.

Engadget reports that it's not yet clear what the final purpose of the software is, but that security firms are now investigating further.

So what does it mean for the average iOS user? Well Palo Alto points out that unless you have an addiction to non-approved iOS apps then you should be safe for now, although it does recommend that you download anti-virus software for your Mac pronto.

There's been no word from Apple on the issue but we'll update as soon as we hear anything.