‘XcodeGhost’ Malware Attack in 2015 Impacted 128 Million iOS Users, According to Trial Documents

Back in 2015, a malware-infected variation of Xcode started circulating in China, and malware-ridden “XcodeGhost” apps made their method into Apples App Store and past the App Store review group.
There were more than 50 recognized infected iOS apps at the time, including major apps like WeChat, NetEase, and Didi Taxi, with as much as 500 million iOS users potentially affected. Its been a long period of time since the XcodeGhost attack, however Apples trial with Epic is surfacing new details.
Trial files highlighted by Motherboard show that a total of 128 million users downloaded apps with the XcodeGhost malware, consisting of 18 million users in the United States.
XcodeGhost was one of the most significant attacks versus iPhone users to date due to the variety of iPhone users that were affected. The 128 million impacted users got malware from downloads of more than 2,500 impacted apps.
Based on emails shared in the trial, Apple worked to identify the effect of the attack and how to finest notify those who downloaded infected apps. “Due to the a great deal of clients possibly affected, do we want to send out an e-mail to all of them?” Apples App Store vice president Matt Fischer asked.
Apple did ultimately notify users that downloaded XcodeGhost apps, and also published a list of the leading 25 most popular apps that were jeopardized. Apple eliminated all of the contaminated apps from the App Store, and supplied info to designers to help them verify Xcode going forward.
XcodeGhost was a widespread attack, however it was not effective or harmful. At the time, Apple stated that it had no info to suggest that the malware was ever used for any destructive purpose nor that sensitive individual information was taken, but it did gather app package identifiers, network information, and gadget names and types.