Hundreds of popular Apple apps infected with malicious software

APPLE has admitted that hundreds of iPhone and iPad apps have been infected with malicious software in its first large-scale attack.

The malicious program ‘XcodeGhost’ was allegedly embedded in hundreds of legitimate Apple apps, with hackers making their way past Apple’s strict app review process.

The company says it is cleaning up the store and have since removed all apps believed to have been infected.


The Sydney Morning Herald reports the hackers embedded the malicious code in the apps by convincing developers to use a counterfeit version of Apple’s software for creating iOS and Mac apps, which is known as Xcode.

It’s believed developers were convinced to use the alternate for convenience and speed.

More than 344 apps, which have not been named, were allegedly infected with the malicious XcodeGhost software.

Most of the apps impacted are targeted at the Chinese market, however iPhone and iPad users have been urged to make sure their apps are up to date, to ensure they are on the latest version.