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Sunday 18 February 2018

Apple names 25 apps hit by XcodeGhost malware


Emma Clark

Apple has released a list of 25 apps that were created using a counterfeit version of Xcode that contained malware. Users are advised to update these apps.

Apple has released a list of 25 apps that used a counterfeit version of the Xcode development tool, which contained malware. It has advised users to update the effected apps to fix the issue on their devices.

Included in the list are WeChat and the Didi ride-hailing app, as well as Battle of Freedom, Baidu Music, Heroes of Order & Chaos, and Encounter.

While Apple has released the names of 25 apps, security firms have identified up to 4,000 infected apps on the App Store. Apple, however, says that “after the top 25 impacted apps, the number of impacted users drops significantly.”

Apple also said that it doesn’t have any information that indicates that the malware "has been used to do anything malicious or that this exploit would have delivered any personally identifiable information had it been used."

The issue arose after it was found that some developers had downloaded counterfeit versions of Xcode that were infected with the XcodeGhost malware. It’s thought that the developers did so to get around slow Internet speeds.

Apple now says that it is working to make it faster for developers in China to download Xcode betas.

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