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Pay what you want for almost 100 hours of instruction in iOS 9 development and plenty more.
Pay what you want for almost 100 hours of instruction in iOS 9 development and plenty more.
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Apple takes steps to avoid a repeat of XcodeGhost debacle

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Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Apple will provide Chinese users with a local official version of Xcode to download.
Photo: Johan Larrson/Flickr

Apple is taking steps to avoid a repeat of this week’s serious XcodeGhost incident — in which hundreds of App Store apps were discovered to include malware in the form of a counterfeit version of Xcode, the platform used by developers to build their apps.

How to tell if you’re using a counterfeit version of Xcode

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Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Photo: Johan Larrson/Flickr

Developers who have downloaded Xcode from an non-Apple source now have a way to tell if the version their using is an official Apple version, or if it might be infected by XcodeGhost, which wreaked havoc on the App Store on Sunday.

Apple has outlined how to verify if you’re using a counterfeit version of Xcode in a new support document. Developers should always download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store or Developer Website, but if you haven’t, follow these steps to make sure your copy is legit:

CIA spends years trying to break Apple’s security

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The CIA is gunning for Apple's security. Photo: Spy vs. Spy
The CIA is gunning for Apple's security. Photo: Spy vs. Spy

The CIA has been been involved in a multi-year effort to crack iOS security, according to new information provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The attempts have been the focal point of multiple yearly CIA conferences called “The Jamboree.”

Among the possible solutions proposed include a means of “whacking” Xcode, the software used to create apps for iOS and Macs. Researchers claimed they had discovered a means by which Xcode could be manipulated to allow devices to be infected, so as to allow for the extraction of private data — thereby creating a “remote backdoor” that would disable core security features and allow undetected access to Apple devices.