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Infected apps leave iPhone users vulnerable to hackers

iPhone and iPad users around the world are now vulnerable to hackers.

The Telegraph reported that the worm known as XcodeGhost seems to be Apple's first reported case of malicious software.

Developers were tricked into using a modified version of Apple's official software when creating apps known as Xcode.

The code was deeply embedded in the apps, which went undetected by the Apple reviewers who check every app before they are made available to download.

It could have reached millions of users and taken sensitive data, according to security firm Palo Alto Networks.

Apple has removed at least 39 iOS apps that were have been created with the software and infected with malware,breaching Apple's app reviewing process.

The malicious software was hosted on Chinese website Baidu, and is believed to largely affect apps in China. 

WeChat, the largest standalone messaging app in the world by monthly users, was among those infected. 

Some scanner apps are among the list of affected software. 

Apple is currently working with developers to release clean versions of the apps as quickly as possible, reported Metro.

Sources: The Telegraph, Metro

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