Recently, it came to public notice that there had been some malware distributed through the Apple Store for iOS devices.
All of a sudden, the fanboys who are quick to point out problems when something happens in the Android environment, fell silent. Fortunately, the online community has been there to lend support and information. Apple’s first bit of information was that “if you suspect something, redownload the application”.
When the details started to emerge, it hit like a “Top 10 List”.
- Apple lists top 25 apps hit by malware
- Apple reveals list of top 25 apps infected with XcodeGhost malware
The timing for this was bad. Like most people, I had had the upgrade to the latest iOS installed and many of the applications that I had installed were clammering to be updated. How would you know there might be a bad apple in the bunch? After all, in the Apple environment, everything comes from their tightly controlled store.
More information came out with the now named XcodeGhost problem.
But even more information revealed that the Top 10 List goes far beyond 25 applications. “Apple App Store malware ‘infected 4,000 apps‘”. Not quite 4000, but this list has more titles of concern. XcodeGhost Malware: List Of Infected iOS Apps That You Should Delete Right Now. It’s time to do more checking. Another list is found here.
The problem has been identified as developers downloading the Xcode software for App creation from locations other than the official store due to slow connection speeds in China and have offered a solution. Apple will host Xcode on Chinese servers following malware attack. It’s a little like closing the barn door after the fact but it should serve well in the long run. The Xcode is a big download and it had just been updated.
As a person interested in computer stuff, I am interested in this sort of thing and, as you can tell by the linked articles above, have been doing a great deal of reading. However, as a user of an iPad and iOS, I was disappointed that I had to find out through third party sources. If they knew of the problem, certainly Apple did. Most certainly Apple knows every application that I have on my device. The iOS 9 was pushed out; it would seem to me a notice of the problem could have just as easily been pushed as an info message, identifying any problems with applications installed or “You may have heard of these problems but your versions are OK to use.”
This is comforting news “Is Your iPhone, iPad Or iPod Infected By The iOS XcodeGhost Malware? Apple Will Let You Know“.
The whole incident is just another reminder that we need to be vigilant about our use of technology and maybe we all need to up our geek level and do a little technology reading so that we understand what’s happening in our digital world.