Apple’s Chinese App Store Targeted With Malware-Infested Apps

26 Sep 2015
by David Jannetta
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Apple’s Chinese App Store Targeted With Malware-Infested Apps

Many news outlets reported this week that hackers had found a way to get malware into the generally trusted Chinese version of Apple’s App Store.

Apparently some developers used an unauthorized and compromised version of Apple’s developer tool kit, which subsequently infected apps made by those developers. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. reported that the attack affected more than three dozen popular apps, including the widely downloaded WeChat mobile chat app by Tencent Holdings.

The infected apps can reportedly transmit information about a user’s device and prompt fake alerts that could be used to steal passwords to Apple’s iCloud service, according to researchers.

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