It’s been reported many times that Apple has discovered malware on many apps available in their App Store.  XcodeGhost is the culprit at large here, it is a hacked version of development software used by app developers normally known as Xcode.  The malware can phish for login and password information as well as other personal details.  Popular apps such as Angry Birds 2 and WeChat have been confirmed to be infected, but Rovio has stated that the Chinese version of Angry Birds 2 from the Chinese App Store was affected.  With an estimated 300+ apps infected and only about 30 or so positively identified, it is understandable the concern Apple users are having.  Although US and European App Stores have not been confirmed to be infected with such malware, sources are encouraging users to delete apps they have that are on the list.  Check the list below to see which apps have been identified as unsafe.

  • Angry Birds 2
  • CamCard
  • CamScanner
  • Card Safe
  • China Unicom Mobile Office
  • CITIC Bank move card space
  • Didi Chuxing developed by Uber’s biggest rival in China Didi Kuaidi
  • Eyes Wide
  • Flush
  • Freedom Battle
  • High German map
  • Himalayan
  • Hot stock market
  • I called MT
  • I called MT 2
  • IFlyTek input
  • Jane book
  • Lazy weekend
  • Lifesmart
  • Mara Mara
  • Marital bed
  • Medicine to force
  • Micro Channel
  • Microblogging camera
  • NetEase
  • OPlayer
  • Pocket billing
  • Poor tour
  • Quick asked the doctor
  • Railway 12306 the only official app used for buying train tickets in China
  • SegmentFault
  • Stocks open class
  • Telephone attribution assistant
  • The driver drops
  • The Kitchen
  • Three new board
  • Watercress reading
  • WeChat

Over the weekend, Apple has been working to remove any malicious apps from the App Store and to ensure that developers have safe versions of development software.  So, just to take extra precaution, if you see an app on the above list that you have downloaded on your iPhone or iPad you should delete immediately and wait for the app to be available again on the App Store.

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