A malware-infected Xcode version began to circulate in China. The XcodeGhost application with malware entered Apple’s App Store and passed the App Store’s audit. At that time, more than 50 iOS apps were known to be infected, including important apps such as WeChat, NetEase, and Didi Dache. Up to 500 million iOS users may be affected. A long time has passed since the XcodeGhost attack, but the lawsuit between Apple and Epic revealed new details.
The trial documents showed that a total of 128 million users downloaded applications with XcodeGhost malware, including 18 million users in the United States. Due to the large number of iPhone users affected, XcodeGhost is by far one of the biggest attacks against iPhone users. 128 million affected users were infected with malware by downloading more than 2500 affected applications.
E-mails show that Apple has worked hard to determine the impact of the attack and how to best notify those who downloaded the infected application. “Due to the large number of customers that may be affected, do we want to send emails to all customers?” asked Matt Fisher, vice president of Apple’s App Store.
Apple did finally notify users who downloaded the XcodeGhost application, and also announced a list of the top 25 most popular applications that were infected. Apple removed all infected applications from the App Store and provided information to developers to help them identify Xcode in the future.
XcodeGhost is a large-scale attack, but it is not dangerous. At the time, Apple stated that there was no information indicating that the malware had been used for any malicious purpose, and no sensitive personal data was stolen, but it did collect the identifiers bundled with the application, network information, and the device name and type.
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