Apple has said that it is taking steps to remove a malicious application discovered in a number of applications used by iPhone and iPads in China.

AppleThis is thought to be the first large-scale attack on Apple’s App store.  The program called XcodeGhost enables hackers to collect data from devices. The company has stated that hackers have embedded a malicious code into the applications by persuading developers to use a false version of Apple’s own software.

A spokesperson has said that the applications have now been removed:

“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan said in an email.

“We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

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