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Apple remove malware-infected apps from the App Store, acknowledging for the first security breach. Malicious software known as XcodeGhost, has worked in several applications of reliable developers using a modified version of Xcode, the software used to create iOS and Mac programs.

“We have removed the applications from the App Store, when learned that were created with this fake software”, said Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan told Reuters. “We are working with developers to make sure that they use the correct version of Xcode, to restore their applications”.

Among the list of affected applications falls Chinese messaging platform WeChat, popular scanner for business cards CamCard and Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing. WeChat has over 600 million monthly active users, but the message says that the exploit only affected older version of the application, released on September 10 – the current version, released two days later, it was clean. The affected applications are at least 39.

Security company Palo Alto Networks investigates XcodeGhost and concludes that he is able to produce fake phishing dialogs, to open URL, and read and write data from the clipboard. For the moment there is no evidence that it was carried out some data theft, but XcodeGhost shows something more important, namely, that legitimate developers can use this as a means to embed malware, bypassing the security measures of Apple.

Ryan Olson from Palo Alto Networks, told that the compromised version of Xcode comes from a server in China and may be used, as it provides faster download speeds of applications compared to the official version of Apple.

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