By Jamie Rivera Published 09/21/2015 06:34:00 | Views: 2591

Hundreds of millions of iPhone users around the world could be vulnerable to hackers following the first major attack on the Apple app store, mobile security experts have said.


In what is the first reported case of malicious software breaching Apple’s app review process, at least 39 iOS apps were infected with malware, a report by Palo Alto Networks said.


Among those infected was WeChat, the largest standalone messaging app in the world by monthly users, and numerous banking, stock trading and game apps, the majority of which are based in China.


Apple said they have removed the apps from the store and working with developers to release clean versions as quickly as possible.


Prior to the hack, only five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, and Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said that this breach was a ‘pretty big deal’ because it showed the App Store could be compromised.


‘Developers are now a huge target,’ he said.


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

By Jamie Rivera 09/21/2015 06:34:00

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