Apple hack exposes flaws in building apps behind ‘Great Firewall’

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – China's “Great Firewall” may have been partly to blame for the first major attack on Apple Inc's App Store, but experts also point the finger at lax security procedures of some big-name Chinese tech firms and how Apple itself supports developers in its second biggest market. A malicious program, dubbed XcodeGhost, hit hundreds – possibly thousands – of Apple iOS apps, including products from some of China's most successful tech companies used by hundreds of millions of people. The hackers targeted the App Store via a counterfeit version of Apple's Xcode “toolkit” – the software used to build apps to run on its iOS operating system – which Chinese developers used because they could download it faster.

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