Apple’s main asset – its impenetrable software – has recently been breached. Chinese hackers attacked the big American giant firm by injecting malware to App Store.
Affected applications include Tencent’s WeChat, a music downloading app, and a car hailing app. These malicious programs have been found in iPhones and iPads in China.
This is the first time that Apple was attacked in a large scale.
The malware is called “XcodeGhost”. Through it, data from devices from devices will be stolen by hackers.
“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.” – Christine Monaghan, Apple spokeswoman.
Only the older version of WeChat (6.2.5) was affected. The newer versions we not sabotaged. There is also no user information or data has been leaked by the malware.
WeChat team believes that XcodeGhost is a very harmful malware that can bring peril to the iOS system. The fact that it was able to bypass the Apple code is quite alarming.
However, the Euromonitor International head of consumer electronics, Wee Teck Loo, that despite the malware, Apple’s sale would not be affected. Indeed, it is a shame for Apple that this malware shaken their security problems. But, we also have to consider that malware is also a perpetual problem to other platforms and their sales were not that affected.
China and other Asian countries are new frontiers on the mobile market. However, security and protection concerns were not that taken much attention. That is why Chinese were the most affected of this issue.
Still, I say that the what happened only means that Apple is no longer invulnerable.
You might also like to read: