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Apple has approved an application containing malware in the App Store



Apple has approved an application containing malware in the App Store


A group of Georgia Tech researchers wanted to create an application to be published on Apple’s online store; but, unlike the other applications, this was a time bomb.

In fact, the application was programmed in such a way that, once approved, its code would be broken down and recomposed into a malware capable of sending emails and tweets, spying on the account ID, taking pictures, redirecting the ‘user on a website via Safari containing other malware and attacking other applications. Simply put, every user’s nightmare.

The application, with the code name Jekyll, had been removed from the store by the same researchers a few minutes after its approval: they wanted to send a message to Apple, make it understand that approving applications is not something to be taken lightly, because as well as these researchers did it for demonstration purposes, someone else could do it with very different intentions. And who knows that there isn’t already an application like this free in the store, ready to be downloaded.