If you’re a tech company with a large marketplace for apps keeping it clear of dangerous apps that could harm devices compatible with said apps is a must. Apple is doing just that by booting apps riddled with malware from the App Store.
The move comes after the App Store was hit by the XcodeGhost malware via several apps. It got past developers by parading as a version of the Xcode, used in the creation of software for iOS and Mac.
Apps carrying the malware included CamCard, Chinese messenger WeChat, and Didi Chuxing’s official app. In a statement, WeChat said that the current version of the app was clear of XcodeGhost and only a past version had the malware.
In speaking with Reuters Ryan Olson of Palo Alto Networks pointed out that XcodeGhost originated in China. While Apple didn’t mention exactly how many apps had XcodeGhost, Beijing-based security firm Qihoo 360 noted that 344 apps had the software.
Apple spokesperson Christine Monaghan said that the apps created with the compromised software have been removed from the App Store and that the company is “working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”