Equation may have gone to the effort of creating OS X malware because of Apple's cachet in the People's Republic of China. The very expensive Macs cater to the wealthiest fraction of China's population and are used by some government officials, making them lucrative espionage targets.
Kaspersky suspected that Equation targeted iPhone owners, too.
"We observed that one of the malicious forum injections, in the form of a PHP script, takes special precautions to show a different type of HTML code to iPhone visitors," said Kaspersky, referring to Equation's Web-based attempts to compromise a device. "iPhone visitors are redirected to the exploit server, suggesting the ability to infect iPhones as well."
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