A man stands in front of Apple store in Berlin, Germany. Threat actors have abused the Run Script feature in Apple’s Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) to infect Apple developers via shared Xcode projects. (Photo by Steffi Loos/Getty Images)

Researchers reported Thursday that threat actors have abused the Run Script feature in Apple’s Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) to infect Apple developers via shared Xcode projects.

In a blog post, SentinelLabs researchers said the malicious Xcode project – XcodeSpy – installs a custom variant of the EggShell backdoor on the developer’s macOS computer. The backdoor is able to record the victim’s microphone, camera and keyboard entries, plus can upload and download files. The researchers added that other threat actors could use the XcodeSpy infection and that all Apple developers using Xcode should be cautious when adopting shared projects.

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