• Home
  • Apps
  • iOS
  • News
  • These 17 Malware iPhone Apps Evaded the App Store’s Review Team

These 17 Malware iPhone Apps Evaded the App Store’s Review Team

These 17 Malware iPhone Apps Evaded the App Store’s Review Team

Apple has removed 17 apps that contained malware from the App Store. The apps, all from the same developer, successfully evaded the store’s app review process.

The apps covered a wide range of categories, and included an Internet radio app, a restaurant-finder, GPS speedometer, and more.

The apps were discovered by mobile security company Wandera, which said the apps perform the tasks they claimed they do, but secretly communicate with a known command and control (C&C) server to simulate user interactions in order to fraudulently collect ad revenue.

The clicker trojan module discovered in this group of applications is designed to carry out ad fraud-related tasks in the background, such as continuously opening web pages or clicking links without any user interaction.

The objective of most clicker trojans is to generate revenue for the attacker on a pay-per-click basis by inflating website traffic. They can also be used to drain the budget of a competitor by artificially inflating the balance owed to the ad network.

While no direct damage was done to the app user or their device, the background activity would use up mobile data, while also potentially slowing the device and draining the battery.

Wandera says the apps were able to evade the App Store review process, due to the fact that the apps didn’t contain malicious code, but instead received their instructions on what to do from a remote server.

The apps containing the malware were:

  • RTO Vehicle Information
  • EMI Calculator & Loan Planner
  • File Manager – Documents
  • Smart GPS Speedometer
  • CrickOne – Live Cricket Scores
  • Daily Fitness – Yoga Poses
  • FM Radio – Internet Radio
  • My Train Info – IRCTC & PNR (not listed under developer profile)
  • Around Me Place Finder
  • Easy Contacts Backup Manager
  • Ramadan Times 2019
  • Restaurant Finder – Find Food
  • BMI Calculator – BMR Calc
  • Dual Accounts
  • Video Editor – Mute Video
  • Islamic World – Qibla
  • Smart Video Compressor

All 17 infected apps were published on the App Stores in various countries by the same developer, India-based AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

  1. 349630 741819Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this internet site with us so I came to look it more than. Im undoubtedly enjoying the info. Im book-marking and is going to be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding weblog and superb style and design. 330005

  2. canik tp9 says:

    319654 819306Some truly quality posts on this web site , saved to favorites . 689465

  3. 733918 695339Quite fascinating subject , appreciate it for posting . 597960

  4. Smart Rack says:

    585765 454064Im having a bit concern I cant subscribe your feed, Im using google reader fyi. 401670

  5. blogginaway says:

    554320 814968fantastic . Thanks for informations . Ill be back. Thanks once again 594459

  6. Learn More says:

    917318 953329Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So nice to search out any person with some exclusive thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this internet website is one thing thats required on the net, someone with a bit of originality. beneficial job for bringing something new to the internet! 926714

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.