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Apple Removes Apps Infected With Malicious Code

Malicious Program Dubbed XcodeGhost

3:37 pm on Sep 21, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing more and more reports of attempts at attacking Apple's user base. Traditionally, it was Microsoft's OS that got all the attention, but, as Apple's user base continues to expand it's likely to get more attention.
It's good to see that it appears to have been thwarted relatively early, but, even so, just one success probably pays the developers enough to make it worthwhile.

Apple Inc APPL.O said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.

The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps. Apple Removes Apps Infected With Malicious Code [reuters.com]
The hackers embedded the malicious code in these apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of Apple's software for creating iOS and Mac apps, which is known as Xcode, Apple said.

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