“After yesterday’s revelation that hundreds of iOS apps on the App Store had been infected by malware, security company Palo Alto Networks has posted a list of some of the affected apps – which include Angry Birds 2,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.
“The apps were infected by a fake copy of Xcode dubbed XcodeGhost, unwittingly downloaded by Chinese developers in place of the real thing,” Lovejoy reports. “It’s believed they downloaded the fake from local servers because it took too long to download the original from Apple’s own servers. It’s not yet known why Apple’s own checks did not detect the malware when apps were submitted to the App Store.”
“It’s been suggested that over 300 apps are infected, with 31 of them so far identified,” Lovejoy reports. “If you have any of the apps installed, the safest course is to delete them and then download again from the App Store as and when available. Apple says that it has removed all the infected versions and is working with developers to get clean versions uploaded in their place.”
Full list here.
MacDailyNews Take: Luckily, we didn’t like Angry Birds 2 (the gameplay wasn’t like the original), so it was only on one of our devices for a short time and quickly deleted in early August.
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