Apple’s iOS App Store Suffers First, Major Malware Attack

Apple’s iOS App Store Suffers First, Major Malware Attack

Apple’s computers network was hacked by anonymous source on Sunday Sep 20, 2015. Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said that this attacks  “a pretty big deal” because it showed that the App Store could be compromised if hackers infected machines of software developers writing legitimate apps,” reported the  Huffington Post.

It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious programs making their way past Apple’s stringent app review process. Prior attacks was a total of five malicious apps have ever been found in the App Store, according to cnn.com.

Apple Representative, Christine Monaghan stated in an email, “ We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed Xcode Ghost that was imbedded in hundreds of legitimate apps. Apple declined to say how many apps was uncovered, added the Huffington Post.

“ The tainted version of Xcode was downloaded from a server in China that developers may have used because it allowed for faster downloads than using Apple’s U.S. servers, Olson said Chinese security,” reported Huffington Post.