Major Malware Attack In Apple’s App Store

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One of the major mode of attack that tech world facings today are malware attack. Recently the [p2p type=”post_tag” value=”apple” attributes=”target=’_blank'”]Apple Inc.[/p2p] reported that their iOS App Store was hitten by first large scale malware attack.And Apple has taken necessary steps to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in malware attack.

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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.The hackers embedded the malicious code in these [p2p type=”category” value=”applications” attributes=”target=’_blank'”]apps[/p2p] 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.

“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokesperson Christine Monaghan told Reuters. “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

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It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple’s stringent app review process. Prior to this attack, a total of just five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, according to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc.The infected applications include many used by iPhone and iPad owners in China such as Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat app, car-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and a music app from Internet portal NetEase Inc.

Earlier this month, login names and passwords for more than 225,000 Apple accounts were stolen by cyber-thieves in China.There’s no evidence that any data theft has occurred yet, but XcodeGhost is worrying because it shows how legitimate developers can be used as a vector for malicious software, bypassing Apple’s stringent app review process. And it will be sure that Apple Inc. is going to strengthen their malware detection method to stay away from similar incident.

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