Apple App Store hit by string of ‘malicious iPhone and iPad programs’
Apple on Sunday announced that a large number of iOS apps have been targeted with harmful codes. Apple confirmed that a malicious piece of software called XcodeGhost was found inside hundreds of apps, causing the iPhone maker to pull down the affected apps from its App Store.
The company explained that the hacker convinced programmers to use a fake version of iOS app programming software, Xcode, to bundle their apps, thereby injecting the apps with malicious software in the process.
“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan stated. “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”
The case is the first time the iOS App Store is suffering from a wide range attack, however, the iOS ecosystem has faced several attacks in the past. In 2014, a Russian hacker named Oleg Pliss locked people’s iPhones remotely and asked them to pay $100 for an unlock code via PayPal.
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