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Apple Removes Apps Infected by Malware

Apple has been the latest target of malicious attacks. The famous company has just removed some applications from its App Store, which are believed to have been compromised. The whole hacking started after some developers in China were tricked into using software tools which contained a malicious code.

The breach was considered to be a rare vulnerability in Apple's mobile platform and it actually is the first breach of this kind to affect the famous company.

At this point, the name and the number of companies affected was not confirmed by the famous tech company. However, according to reports, among the ones affected were banks, an airline, but also a popular music service. Tencent Holdings' mobile chat app is one of the apps that were compromised.

Other compromised iPhone and iPad apps include WeChat, Didi Kuaidi, as well as an Uber and Spotify-like apps.

Tencent and Didi, among others, admitted the hack, but claimed that no sensitive customer information had been lost. However, Tencent claimed that it was still investigating the hack and further information will be provided to users.

According to some sources, the hack affected no less than three dozen apps. Apps that were infected could potentially even steal users' passwords to Apple's iCloud service. Furthermore, they could read and write information on the user's clipboard.

The malware is capable of transmitting information about a user's device and issue fake alerts. The number of people affected by such data breaches was not revealed and there is no word on whether private information had been stolen or illegally used.

Apple reacted fast to the breach and claimed that it had already taken some steps to address the issue.

"To protect our customers, we've removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software and we are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps," the famous company stated.

Well, the fact that the malware was able to affect Apple's system is quite shocking. The famous company is well-known for its highly functional and very tough process of reviewing apps to make sure that nothing will be compromised. The people behind the hack remain unknown.
Apple Removes Apps Infected by Malware Reviewed by Mike Beasley on 11:14 AM Rating: 5
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