Apple Deleted 17 Suspicious Apps To Keep You Safe

Wandera specialists identified 17 applications in the App Store that contained malicious code and simulated user interactions with advertisements. All 17 infected applications were published on the App Store in various categories, from system utilities to travel.

Here’s What Happened

All applications were created by Indian developer AppAspect Technologies Pvt.Ltd and engaged in advertising fraud. They constantly opened windows with ads in the background, and of course, all this happened without the knowledge of users. Although adware was almost invisible to victims, Wandera analysts note that the operation of such applications could slow down the operation of devices and lead to the faster discharge of the battery.

In total, this developer has 51 applications in the App Store, 35 of which are free. All 17 infected applications from among the free ones contacted the same management server using strong encryption, which the researchers were unable to crack. Obviously, this management server contains a payload that is associated with click fraud. Experts suggest that the developer placed the malicious code in an external source to bypass the App Store security mechanisms.

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The developer managed to circumvent Apple’s security system because they didn’t place the malicious code directly in the application, but it was loaded when the user clicked on an advertising link from the server.

Apple checks all applications before allowing them to be placed on the App Store, which is what a special team of human curators, not bots, are working on.

AppAspect Technologies has a developer profile on the Google Play Store and 28 currently published apps. Wandera experts examined these applications and concluded that they did not contact a suspicious command server. However, additional studies have revealed that AppAspect Technologies Android applications were once infected, which led to their removal from the directory.

Since then, they have been reprinted and now do not contain malicious functions. In this regard, Wandera experts note that it was not the developer who could add the malicious code to the applications. This could be an attack of a hacker virus.

How To Keep Your iPhone Safe

Apple focused on the security of its users and made its devices virtually invulnerable to data theft. Due to a large number of system limitations and the desire to control everything that happens in each device, thanks to the architecture of its own chipsets, and a huge user audience that inevitably becomes a tester of new systems and functions, iOS security has become totally impenetrable.

However, no matter how strong the security system is, the safety of personal data directly depends only on the device user. We offer you two simple tricks to make your iPhone even safer:

  • Enable Apple ID and iCloud 2-Step Verification

If your phone asks for a password when making purchases in the App Store or entering iCloud, you have to straighten the protection of your data. To do this, you have to configure additional verification. This could be confirmation of entry via SMS-code or Touch ID. This first option will send a 4-digit password to your number each time you go to the cloud storage or purchase something in the App Store.

  • Turn off auto-sync with iCloud

When this feature is turned on, all your photos and videos are sent to the cloud storage immediately after they have been taken. And even if you have long deleted them from the phone’s memory, they remain in the cloud. If attackers take control of your cloud storage, all this data will be published or stolen.

Do You Know More Tricks?

If you know any other methods to keep the iPhone safe, please feel free to share them! Apple works hard, but the hackers work harder, and the additional protection of your phone is just a step to make sure that your data will stay safe in any case.

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