Apple Cleans The Chinese App Store From Malware Infected Apps

Posted: Sep 21 2015, 1:19pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 22 2015, 2:30am CDT, in News | Apple

Apple cleans the Chinese App store from malware infected apps

Apple has pulled the infected apps from the Chinese App Store.

Nearly a week ago we heard the news that various malware-infected applications were found on the Chinese App Store.

The iPhone manufacturers have subsequently affirmed that the infected applications have been uprooted.

The malignant applications were apparently made using a fake rendition of Xcode (the developer tool for iOS apps) that snuck concealed, malicious elements into genuine applications with a system called "XcodeGhost".

Inquisitively, it is a strategy likewise considered by the CIA at a certain point. Precisely the number of applications that were influenced is hazy, however well known titles in the country like WeChat, NetEase's music downloading app and Didi Kuaidi's Uber-like car hailing app are said to be on the list.

Security firm Qihoo360 Technology is reporting at least 344 were removed from the store. Also the effect to any users who downloaded the app is still not clear.

Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson claims the impact was likely negligible, with no reports on data theft, or "other harm."

Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan also confirmed this news and said, "We've removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software. 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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