For the first time ever Apple has allowed a security breach of its mobile App Store. This chink in Apple’s armor is alarming because it could open the door for more attacks. The App Store had always seemed impenetrable, but now that malware has made its way past the defenses it will likely encourage others to try their luck.
XcodeGhost, the malware that infected the Chinese iOS App Store, snuck into the App Store by attaching itself to the development software used to make the apps themselves. Once the finished apps made their way to the iOS store it was already too late. Apple identified the corrupted apps and removed them, but the incident revealed a big security flaw. This quality of malware indicates that it was a thought-fully created bug. The breach gave hackers access to all information on a user’s phone, which makes it appear that stealing credit card information was the goal. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest that any information was stolen or that the hack caused any damage outside of China. This could suggest that the hack was less-successful than intended or it could mean that the true gravity of the hack has yet to come to light.
One of the bigger issues with this security breach is that it occurred in China. The US and other countries have been concerned with the lack of emphasis on cyber-security in China and this recent incident is a red flag for tech companies who want to take advantage of the country’s booming tech market. On an even more serious note, this could change the US and China’s political relationship since China has also been recently implicated in other hacking attempts and cyber-security threats.
The myth of 100% cybersecurity on mobile has been officially busted. Let’s just hope this doesn’t open the floodgates for more threats to cyber-security in the future.
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