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CUPERTINO, Sept 21, 2015

Apple has said it is taking steps to remove a malicious program found in a number of applications used by owners of iPhones and iPads in China, reported BBC.

It is thought to be the first large-scale attack on Apple’s App Store.

The US firm said hackers had embedded a malicious code into the apps by persuading developers to use a counterfeit version of the firm’s own software.

According to the report in BBC, the program called XcodeGhost allows hackers to collect data from devices.

The infected applications include many used by iPhone and iPad owners in China such as Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat app, a music downloading app and an Uber-like car hailing app.

A spokeswoman said the apps had now been removed.

“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan said in an email.

“We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

Earlier this month, login names and passwords for more than 225,000 Apple accounts were stolen by cyber-thieves in China.

Read full story at:http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34311203

 

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