Apple pierde la inmunidad y sufre el primer gran ataque con software infectado #ca http://t.co/ap6Qp1RPfk vía @WSJ— The Catalan Analyst (@CatalanAnalyst) September 21, 2015
WALL STREET JOURNAL | BEIJING—Some of the most popular Chinese names in Apple Inc.’s App Store were found to be infected with malicious software in what is being described as a first-of-its-kind security breach, exposing a rare vulnerability in Apple’s mobile platform, according to multiple researchers.
The applications were infected after software developers were lured into using an unauthorized and compromised version of Apple’s developer tool kit, according to researchers at Alibaba Mobile Security, a mobile antivirus division of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
The list of recently compromised iPhone and iPad apps includes Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s popular mobile chat app WeChat, Uber-like car-hailing app Didi Kuaidi, and a Spotify-like music app from Internet portal NetEase Inc. The attack affected more than three dozen apps, according to U.S.-based cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks Inc.
The infected apps can transmit information about a user’s device, prompt fake alerts that could be used to steal passwords to Apple’s iCloud service, and read and write information on the user’s clipboard, according to researchers.