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2,846 Apple apps hide a scary backdoor

2,846 Apple apps hide a scary backdoor
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This week hasn't been a great one for Android when it comes to security news, so it's only fair we balance it out with something from Apple. In a new study, researchers have found a serious problem in 2,846 apps actually in the iTunes store.

The affected apps contain hidden backdoor code that could let a hacker remotely record audio and capture what's on your gadget's screen. They could also see your location, modify files, pull your passwords, launch other apps and trick you into installing unsafe apps, if you aren't paying attention.

To make it worse, the affected apps haven't been named, so we don't know which ones to uninstall. That's the bad news, but there is some good news.

Apple has known about the problem since October 21, and it does have a full list, so it's presumably working with developers to correct the problem. And the problem should be easy to fix.

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