A massive security breach could have affected millions of iPhone and iPad users Apple disclosed Monday.
Hackers managed to infect more than three dozen apps with malicious software, also known as "malware,” that were available to download from the company’s App Store.
But because the hackers penetrated the app store in China, the danger for users in the United States is expected to be minimal.
In what is believed to be the first large-scale attack on the App Store, hackers created a fake version of “x-code,” an Apple software tool that Chinese companies use to develop apps. Anyone who downloaded an app that contains the malware could get fake alerts that trick them into revealing personal information.
User passwords could also be compromised.
Infected apps that are available outside China include “Angry Birds 2,” the “We Chat” messenger app, and the business card scanner “Cam Card.”
It appears only older versions of these apps were affected.
Security experts advised clients Monday to delete any of the apps that are known to be impacted.
The apps that are known to be infected include:
- Didi Chuxing (developed by Uber's biggest rival in China, Didi Kuaidi)
- Angry Birds 2
- Micro Channel
- IFlyTek input
- Railway 12306 (the only official app used for buying train tickets in China)
- The Kitchen
- Card Safe
- CITIC Bank move card space
- China Unicom Mobile Office
- High German map
- Jane book
- Eyes Wide
- Mara Mara
- Medicine to force
- Pocket billing
- Quick asked the doctor
- Lazy weekend
- Microblogging camera
- Watercress reading
- CamCard (a very popular business-card reader)
- Stocks open class
- Hot stock market
- Three new board
- The driver drops
- Telephone attribution assistant
- Marital bed
- Poor tour
- I called MT
- I called MT 2
- Freedom Battle