From time to time, viruses can be detected in apps in the App Store. In such cases, users are warned to delete the application. Today, a much broader virus threat has been noticed. The fake Xcode virus, which targets app developers, has compromised more than 128 million devices, according to an email.
In 2015, a fake version of Xcode (aka XcodeGhost) was revealed, which was used to develop apps for iOS devices. Although this version may have seemed like the original, it was carrying viruses in its source code. Using this counterfeit software, thousands of developers developed apps and released them in the App Store. So far, more than 2,500 applications are known to have been developed with this software. Moreover, these apps include popular games like Angry Birds 2.
The fake Xcode attack not only affects the developer but also affects those who download the developed application. That’s why it’s infected a huge audience of 128 million. The reason this software was downloaded so many times was that Apple’s servers were slow, so developers were looking for alternative download sources.
This incident was revealed in an email about the discussion between Apple and Epic Games. According to the email, 18 million infected devices are in the United States. It is not known how many devices have been infected with this virus in our country or Europe. But 55 percent of infected app downloads are known to be in China.
There has been no official announcement by Apple about the fake Xcode virus, but concerns are growing. We expect to hear a statement from the company or a list of affected apps soon.