Apple's China App Store suffers first major malware attack. However, several malicious programs are being removed from Apple’s iOS App Store in China.
On Sunday Apple Incorporated began a thorough cleanup of its iOS App Store. The plan was to remove any malicious programs that had been spotted among the repertoire. The malware attack is the largest so far on the kingdom that is Apple.
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This fact was communicated after a malicious virus named XcodeGhost was found among the manifold applications. This is probably the first time such a large number of malicious software programs got past Apple’s shield.
Before this assault, only five malware examples had been detected in the App Store. The hackers had managed to worm their way into the heart of Apple’s App Store despite the security arrangements.
They had done this by parceling the malware code within the apps after deceiving the developers. The fake software is currently being removed root, shoot and branch from the App Store.
Apple is working in sync with the developers who were taken by surprise. The right version of Xcode is now being downloaded onto the applications. However, Apple spokespersons have not discussed what steps the iPhone and iPad users may take to ensure that their devices are not carrying malware.
The malware is supposedly a weak entity that does not have much power to harm the users of iPhones and iPads. No information had been siphoned from the accounts. Nevertheless, the fact that the system had been compromised meant that stringent measures would have to be taken in the future.
It was a case of these hackers doing something malicious this year and some other hackers imitating them and doing something even more harmful the next year. Especially, developers were a sitting duck for the hackers who used every tool in their arsenal to penetrate the defenses of their apps.
The compromised apps included Tencent Holdings Limited’s mobile app WeChat, automobile app Didi Kuaidi and a music app from NetEase Incorporated. The infected code had its origins somewhere in China from where it was downloaded, according to Reuters.
The reason behind the choice was faster downloads. This has been the first largest attack on Apple. The hackers had sent fake alerts to developers. But now things are getting back to normal.
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It will be some time before everything settles down. From now onwards Apple will have to beef up its security measures. Otherwise, the world is full of eager hackers who want to penetrate wherever they can with impunity and impudence.