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XcodeGhost Malware Affected by thousands of ios Apps

September 29, 2015 | By Editor 

XcodeGhost ruins iOS Apps

The prestigious brand, Apple functions unique with its integrated development environment (IDE) Xcode to contain software development tools so as to develop OS X and iOS. How about hearing about the malware interference on the Xcode. Just to be aware, the malware name is XcodeGhost that intrudes in and alters the original Xcode to infect iOS apps.

The plot is that the iOS app developers are unaware of the bogus Xcode that creates a secret pathway satisfying the wanderlust of the cyber criminals. The recent find proves that close to 1000 apps has been trojanized.

How does the XcodeGhost works

The XcodeGhost mimics the genuine version of the Xcode and it conceals the secret code functionalities along with the applications that was compiled with it. Developers who are not aware of the malicious interference then uploads the apps on to the official App Store. Thus the bogus content does a clean sweep through the iOS ecosystem. The secret malware code gathers information about the user’s device, gain access over the apps installed and also finds way to open the URLs. The impact on the user’s device depends on how harmful the concealed secret code is.

Counter-action on the XcodeGhost Malware attack

The most affected being the Palo Alto Networks, shared some infected samples to help Apple Inc. to take necessary actions to resolve the security threat issue. Apple took upfront in intimating the affected developers, requesting them to repeat the compilation with the authentic Xcode once again. Apple admitted that the Appstore was infected with the Xcode malware.

Security experts have looked upon the no waning issue of XcodeGhost that is yet to get settled down. The malware infected apps are trying to get connected through HTTP connections that are unencrypted. Attackers find such unencrypted and vulnerable HTTP connections as a security loophole to find their way to host a malicious attack.

How to prevent XcodeGhost malware attack

1.Install SSL on your website to encrypt communications

2.Look out  for HTTPS in the address bar – this denotes that the website is encrypted from malware attacks

3.Stay convinced only with two-factor authentication

4.Backup all your data to prevent data loss

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