Apple has It’s First Major Attack on It’s App Store

Apple has had it's first major malware attack on it's app store. A malicious program was embedded into apps used by iPhone users in China. Apple has said that the applications haven been deleted from the App Store, but if the app is still on your phone then you may be affected. Apple has not released an official list of applications that were affected, yet. Although hundreds of apps are reportedly affected, only a handful of them are apps that are used in the U.S.

The attack is thought to have originated from malicious code embedded into the apps by developers, who were not aware that the code was there. It is believed that the XcodeGhost program, which was developed by hackers as a fraudulent version of Apple's own software,  contained the malware that made it possible to infect so many apps.

Here's a list compiled by Palo Alto Networks and Fox-IT of apps that they claim are affected. Please make sure you have deleted this apps from your phone immediately.

  • Lifesmart
  • CamScanner (incl. Pro and Lite)
  • CamCard
  • SegmentFault
  • OPlayer (and OPlayer Lite)
  • Mercury
  • WinZip
  • Musical.ly
  • PDFReader
  • Guaji Gangtai
  • Perfect 365
  • PDFReader Free
  • WhiteTile
  • IHexin
  • WinZip Standard
  • MoreLikers2
  • Mobile Ticket
  • QYER
  • Golfsense
  • Ting
  • Installer
  • TinyDeal
  • Snapgrab Copy
  • PocketScanner
  • CuteCut
  • SuperJewelsQuest2
  • InstaFollower
  • Baba
  • WeLoop
  • DataMonitor
  • Nice Dev
  • FlappyCirlcle
  • BiaoQingBao
  • SaveSnap
  • WeChat
  • Guitar Master
  • Jin
  • WinZip Sector
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