Does Apple’s App Store Being Hacked Have You Worried?

Do You Prefer to Complete Tasks Using a Website or an App When Both Are Available?

Apple’s App Store suffered its first major hacking this week, leaving users of some apps affected. It hasn’t affected everyone, but it showed a definite vulnerability. Does Apple’s App Store being hacked have you worried?

This hacking happened because some of the companies that make apps in China needed software to design the apps but took a shortcut to getting that to make it faster instead of downloading it directly from Apple. That software they used (Xcode) was hacked, and now these apps made with the software can send a prompt asking you to put in your username and password for the hackers to steal.

This means any app you use is only as safe as the as the software that the developers use to create it. It might not be a malicious app, but if the developers are going to take shortcuts, it is going to leave users of the apps vulnerable. It doesn’t matter what make of device you use – Apple, Android, etc. – it’s still vulnerable. It doesn’t matter whether you get the app from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. It’s still vulnerable.

How will this affect your use of third-party apps? Are you less likely to download apps not knowing how safe it is? Or are you just figuring this is some type of fluke and will continue to download as many apps as you want that tickle your fancy?

Does Apple’s App Store being hacked have you worried?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. But Xcode is Apple’s own development environment software, isn’t it?? Or does the article infer that the copies of Xcode they used are from a different source than from Apple’s official repository?? Your last survey response item seems to fly in the face of the your article, too. In the article, it is stated that even Android devices and apps downloaded from Google Play are vulnerable, which is it??? Thanks for the article though, I may be a little careful in the future.

    1. I think you may be looking too far into the poll. Its goal is just to offer up possibilities and provoke thought. The poll answers aren’t meant to be the opinions of Make Tech Easier or mine, the writer. They are simply meant to represent the answers of a wide variety of people who may be taking part in the poll.

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