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Developers find themselves in hackers’ crosshairs

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 29, 2015.

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    Attackers have long targeted application vulnerabilities in order to breach systems and steal data, but recently they’ve been skipping a step and going directly after the tools developers use to actually build those applications.

    Consider the news that broke earlier this year that entailed how the CIA allegedly attempted to compromise Apple’s development software Xcode. Such a breach could mean that every app developed with the development environment would, in turn, contain malware that would enable its creators to spy and snoop on people who installed those apps, as The Intercept reported in the story The CIA Campaign To Steal Secrets. “The security researchers also claimed they had created a modified version of Apple's proprietary software development tool, Xcode, which could sneak surveillance backdoors into any apps or programs created using the tool,“

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