A handful of China’s most popular apps have been infected by malware aimed at iOS devices, including Kuaidi Didi, WeChat and NetEase Music.

The breaches were made when developers used an unauthorized version of the Apple developer tool kit, a relatively common practice in China. According to U.S. cybersecurity firm PaloAlto Networks, the flaw affected over three dozen apps. 

There has been an increasing number of iOS viruses and breaches targeting Chinese users recently. The problem highlights the country’s continued love affair with black market app stores and plagiarized software. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com