Contrary to popular belief, the Apple App Store is not free of malicious applications. The truth is that there are many more in the Play Store due to the size of the store and the number of apps developed every day but this does not put the App Store out of harm's way. As such, mobile security company Wandera found 17 malware-infected iOS applications.
The 17 apps you should remove from your iPhone
- 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
- 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
As usual, these malicious apps hide over everyday utilities to attract more users. Applications like calculator, calorie calculator, GPS, file managers, video or image editors and security backups are very popular types of apps.
Of these 17 apps, Apple has already removed 15 after receiving the security report from Wandera. Apps that remain active on the App Store are My Train Info – IRCTC & PNR and Easy Contacts Backup Manager.
Apps contain clickware, an illegal way to generate clicks
The malicious software active in these apps is called "clickware". This type of malware is designed to open pages or click on ads without proper knowledge or even user interaction. These clicks are used to generate money through ads quickly.
Apps are all tied to a specific server, which acts as a backdoor within the app. Backdoors is a term used to denote a breach within a program through which malicious software can infiltrate.
The same developer has apps on the Google Play store.
The developer who created all these apps is India-based AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd. According to Wandera, the same company operates on the Google Play Store, with some of the same apps. However, Wandera's research reveals that none of the apps are linked to backdoor servers.
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