Apple News app scores exclusive “BIG” content from Wired as iOS 9 hits 36 …

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Apple is involved in a massive clean-up of its iOS App Store to remove malicious software which has infected numerous iPhone and iPad programmes, according to reports..

Apple said yesterday that it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.So far about 40 apps with malicious code, or malware, have made it into the App Store, said researchers at Palo Alto Networks, an online security company that is investigating the incident. The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps. Before this attack, just five malicious apps had ever been found in the store – which is tightly controlled and sees every app vetted by Apple employees.

Many of the apps are popular elsewhere as well, like the messaging app WeChat, which has about 500 million users, and the business card scanner CamCard. Researchers said infected apps included Tencent Holdings’ popular mobile chat app WeChat, car-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and a music app from Internet portal NetEase. The tainted version of Xcode was downloaded from a server in China that developers may have used because it allowed for faster downloads than using Apple’s U.S. servers, Olson said. As app makers checked to see whether their products had been infected, Apple and security researchers worked to find and get rid of the bad versions of Xcode, which were all on a cloud hosting service owned by the Chinese Internet company Baidu.

Once the infected apps are downloaded, researchers said, the malicious code can open particular websites designed to infect the device with more viruses. This security breach illustrates the lengths to which hackers will go to break into Apple’s hardware and software, which has long been thought of as having superior security. Instead they took advantage of the fact that many Chinese developers use copies of Xcode that are held on Chinese servers, since they load faster than the version of the code that’s available from Apple.

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