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Angry Birds 2 and Other Apple Apps Infected with XcodeGhost

Angry Birds 2 and Other Apple Apps Infected with XcodeGhost

by Ali RazaSeptember 24, 2015

Many iOS programs and applications on the App store have been infected with a malware called XcodeGhost. The malware spreads via the Xcode compiler used in Apple’s technology.

With the report by 9to5Mac taking the world by storm with information about how over a hundred applications on the App store were infected by malware, fresh reports claim that builds of Angry Birds 2 have been infected by the malware as well. Communication manager of Rovio Joseph Knowles told AppAdvice that only the Chinese build of the application has been affected.

He said that:

Rovio confirm that their application Angry Birds 2 is among the applications affected by the XcodeGhost malware. The app has been affected on the App store in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

He said that all other builds of the app are unaffected by the security issue and Rovio will be rolling out a fix for this problem soon enough.

An earlier report from Palo Alto Networks revealed that this is the sixth time a malware infection has breached Apple’s security mechanism and made it to the App store. However, this is the first time a malware is spreading using the Xcode compiler itself, affecting over 300 apps.

The fake copy of the compiler was provided to Chinese developers by local servers that provided faster download speeds than the U.S sources of Apple. Although this reveals how the developers got their hands on this malware infected version of Xcode, it is yet to be known how the fake copy made it past Apple’s security checks in the first place.

Below is the list of other applications that might be affected by the malware:

  • WeChat
  • Didi Chuxing
  • Angry Birds 2
  • NetEase
  • Micro Channel
  • IFlyTek input
  • Railway 12306
  • The Kitchen
  • Card Safe
  • CITIC Bank move card space
  • China Unicom Mobile Office
  • High German map
  • Jane book
  • Eyes Wide
  • Lifesmart
  • Mara Mara
  • Medicine to force
  • Himalayan
  • Pocket billing
  • Flush
  • Quick asked the doctor
  • Lazy weekend
  • Microblogging camera
  • Watercress reading
  • CamScanner
  • CamCard
  • SegmentFault
  • Stocks open class
  • Hot stock market
  • Three new board
  • The driver drops
  • OPlayer
  • Mercury
  • WinZip
  • PDFReader
  • Perfect365
  • PDFReader Free
  • WhiteTile
  • IHexin
  • WinZip Standard
  • MoreLikers2
  • CamScanner Lite
  • MobileTicket
  • iVMS-4500
  • OPlayer Lite
  • QYER
  • golfsense
  • Ting
  • Golfsensehd
  • Wallpapers10000
  • CSMBP-AppStore
  • MSL108
  • snapgrab copy
  • iOBD2
  • PocketScanner
  • CuteCUT
  • AmHexinForPad
  • SuperJewelsQuest2
  • air2
  • InstaFollower
  • CamScanner Pro
  • baba
  • WeLoop
  • DataMonitor
  • MSL070
  • nice dev
  • immtdchs
  • OPlayer
  • FlappyCircle
  • BiaoQingBao
  • SaveSnap
  • Guitar Master
  • jin
  • WinZip Sector
  • Quick Save

It is advised that users who have these apps on their devices should delete them immediately from their device and wait for an updated version of the app before downloading it again. Apple is yet to make a statement about the issue.

Image from Sean Locke Photography / Shutterstock.

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