Why an old iPad can’t get iOS 9 transit directions

20 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Targeted as Hackers Infect Popular Chinese Mobile Apps With Malware.

Tumblr co-founder Marco Arment, who developed the most popular paid ad-blocker on Apple Inc’s U.S. app store, has pulled the product, citing concerns that the tool could hurt independent Web publishers. AAPL -0.41 % ’s App Store were found to be infected with malicious software in what is being described as a first-of-its-kind security breach, exposing a rare vulnerability in Apple’s mobile platform, according to multiple researchers. In a blog post on Friday, Arment, wrote on the social media site that he was pulling his “Peace” app because he does not feel that it is his role to decide what content is blocked. “Adblockers come with an important asterisk: while they do benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don’t deserve the hit,” Arment wrote.

The applications were infected after software developers were lured into using a compromised version of Apple’s developer tool kit, according to researchers at Alibaba Mobile Security, a mobile antivirus division of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The controversy around ad-blocking software kicked up this week after Apple made it available on the new version of the iPhone operating system on Wednesday. In separate statements posted to social media over the weekend, Tencent, Didi Kuaidi Joint Co. and NetEase said their applications had been compromised but said no sensitive customer information had been lost. “At present, we haven’t discovered any loss of user information or assets as a result of this [breach], though the WeChat team will continue to monitor and do tests,” Tencent said in a message posted to the Sina Weibo WB 0.33 % microblogging service late Friday. However, many argue that such tools hurt publishers, particularly smaller ones, by forcing them to develop dedicated iPhone apps, rather than relying on mobile-friendly websites. Some 20 million people used ad blockers last year, up 40 percent from a year earlier, resulting in $22 billion in lost advertising revenue, according to a study by Adobe and PageFair, an anti ad-blocking tech company.

Chinese anticensorship activist group Greatfire.org called it “the most widespread and significant spread of malware” in the app store’s history. Other apps found infected with the malware include those belonging to state-run mobile carrier China Unicom, CHU -2.56 % and 12306, the country’s official train-booking website, researchers said. It wasn’t clear Sunday how the infected apps made it past Apple’s screening process, or whether the breach had resulted in any user information being stolen, though researchers said millions of devices could have been exposed based on the popularity of the apps in question. Depending on your Android device you may see, as I did, some type of message alerting you about the potential dangers of connecting to a third-party device.

To write apps for Apple devices, developers have to use a tool kit called Xcode, but downloading the official version from Apple’s website can take a long time in China. Even if the hackers didn’t use the malware to steal anything, Palo Alto Networks warned it still represented a threat to the popular operating system.

That’s because Google Photos, Carousel from Dropbox, or other cloud-enabled photo apps will sometimes delete pictures from your device in order to save space. For example, you can always install Google’s apps if you want to keep using the company’s cloud, especially the rather excellent Google Photos, Google search app, and Inbox. Yes, iOS is often called a “walled garden.” But walled gardens tend to be pretty nice places, and all major cloud providers have set up shop to serve you with their own applications.

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