May 18, 2017

App maker's code stolen in malware attack

The Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. Users have been warned to download Panic's apps only from its website or the Apple App Store. On 2 May Handbrake was hacked, with the Mac version of the app on one of the site's download servers replaced by a malicious copy. The infected app was discovered and removed on 6 May. In what Mr Frank called "a case of extraordinarily bad luck", he downloaded the malicious version of Handbrake and launched it "Without stopping to wonder why Handbrake would need admin privileges when it hadn't before". The FBI is investigating the incident and Panic has been working with Apple to make sure that no malicious or fake versions of the apps get into the App Store.

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