Last weekend, Apple revealed that hundreds of millions of users were at risk of data exposure because of a plethora of popular Chinese applications that were created using malware infected developer tools. This resulted in many apps having to be removed from the App Store service.
According to US cyber security organisation Palo Alto Networks, apps that put users at risk include widely used mobile messaging service WeChat and ride-hailing app Didi Kuaidi.
In response to the attack, Apple said that it had removed the apps in question that had been created using a fake version of the app developer software, Xcode. However, the tech provider did not explain how so many customers had been infected or how the apps had got past the App Store security screening, as reported in the Financial Times.
“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,” Apple were quoted to say in the FT.
Admitting to such a big mistake may seem a little hypocritical to some as CEO Tim Cook described Google apps as insecure and the Android Play store as a “toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities”.
A total of 39 apps had been infected which included gaming, banking, stock trading, maps, social networks and mobile phone services applications.