Over 4,000 iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost

The impact of iOS app developers unknowingly using a rogue version of Xcode is turning out to be greater than initially thought

Over 4,000 iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost
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The impact of iOS app developers unknowingly using a rogue version of the Xcode development tool is turning out to be greater than initially thought: early reports listed just 39 apps that had been trojanized with the tool, but security researchers have since identified thousands more.

On Friday, security research firm Palo Alto Networks reported that 39 apps found in the App Store had been compromised after their developers -- most of them located in China -- used a rogue version of Xcode that had been distributed on forums. Xcode is a development tool for iOS and OS X apps provided by Apple.

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