As part of an antitrust lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, documents were released according to which the XcodeGhost malware discovered in 2015 attacked more than 128 million iOS users in total.
Let me remind you that last year the game manufacturer filed a lawsuit against Apple, as the latter removed the game Fortnite from the App Store, allegedly due to a violation of the terms of the contract.
Information about XcodeGhost was contained in e-mails, which have now become public knowledge. In them, Apple employees discuss the XcodeGhost incident and possible steps the company should take.
The XcodeGhost malware was first spotted in 2015 when it was discovered that hackers had tampered with the Xcode developer tool, releasing their own version dubbed XcodeGhost. As a result, all applications built with XcodeGhost were not safe for users. As it soon became clear, there were more than 4,000 such applications.
Then Apple removed the malicious apps from the App Store and posted instructions for developers that they could use to determine the legitimacy of their version of Xcode.
Now it turns out that when Apple identified over 2,500 malicious apps, they were downloaded from the App Store over 203,000,000 times. According to the estimates of the company’s specialists, about 128 million users around the world have suffered from them. More than half of the victims were in China, but Apple also identified 18 million victims in the United States.
In a leaked email, company employees are discussing whether or not to directly notify all 128 million people of the problem, and it appears that Apple ultimately made the decision not to. Apple representatives told the publication SecurityWeek that they constantly inform their users about the problem and provide them with all the necessary information, however, the company did not specify whether the victims were directly notified about XcodeGhost.
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