It has been a big year for Apple. While retaining its title as the world’s most valuable company, in 2015, the US technology giant also moved into the global number one spot in terms of sales profits.
Now it can add what’s believed to be it’s first-ever large-scale cyber attack to the list.
China is the main target. Software developers in the country were tricked into downloading a fake version of Xcode, Apple’s app-creation tool.
As a result, around three dozen iPhone and iPad apps are said to have been affected by malicious code embedded in the counterfeit tool.
Apple has confirmed its App Store was breached and says it has taken steps to address the problem.
The news comes just days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Washington to discuss an arms control deal for cyberspace.