CM – Apple Insider Confirms New Warning Affecting All iPhone Users


Apple leaks only revealed the company’s best secrets, but they can also reveal the worst, and now a notable Apple insider has just issued a warning to all iPad and iPhone users.

Michael Gartenberg , Apple’s former senior director for global product marketing, has endorsed shocking recent reports from developer Kosta Eleftheriou about security vulnerabilities in the App Store. And it affects all iPad and iPhone owners.

April 19 Update: As Apple expects big things to happen at the Spring Loaded launch event tomorrow (including a major upgrade to iOS to improve user privacy), pressure is mounting on Apple to do significantly more. David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp, wrote today, « It puzzles me that Apple chose the ostrich method for dealing with scams on the App Store. They used to literally have a way to report it. » but YOU HAVE SPENDED IT? And now millions of dollars have been lost to fraud. See no evil, hear no evil, be evil. Hansson quoted Eleftheriou as saying that Apple removed the ‘Report a Problem’ option from the App Store that users previously used to alert Apple to fraud and fleeceware. Expect this to continue until Apple Take decisive action.

04/20 Update: Eleftheriou today released more shocking examples of app store usage, including antiquated games for young children and a number of covert Russian casinos from developer Marina Misko that are posing as games for kids 4 (images below). The lack of control in these examples is extreme, with Eleftheriou pointing out that the developer lists their website and privacy policy as, a popular Russian news site, « and Apple has this gladly accepted! « He exclaims, » ​​If I can find these scams so easily in the App Store without any internal Apple data or tools, why f Doesn’t Apple then? « It’s a good point, and there is increasing pressure on an Apple to deal with it. Whether this will happen today at his ‘Spring Loaded’ event remains to be seen.

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“I think @keleftheriou brought an important topic to a mainstream audience through the App Store. I hope Apple get together soon. The ecosystem, which is often lauded, is breaking at the seams in my opinion, « he tweeted (via iMore).

This language reflects comments from Eric Friedman, Apple’s director of anti-fraud, algorithms and risk. which were revealed in court documents in Apple’s recent lawsuit against Epic Games. Friedman described Apple’s App Store defenses against malicious actors as « bringing a plastic butter knife to a shootout » and « more like the pretty lady who greets you … at the Hawaiian airport than the drug-sniffing dog ».

With that in mind Eleftheriou continues his synopsis of outrageous App Store scams, and the examples keep getting more shocking. For example, earlier this week he revealed an app that “pretends to be a silly platform game for kids 4, but if I set my VPN to Turkey and restart it, it becomes an online casino that doesn’t even have Apple’s IAP [in App purchase]. ”

 » The scam has been on the App Store for a few months and even received some updates, « he explains. “The same developer has another app that does the same thing! It is impossible to know how much money these scammers made from unsuspecting users, but such systems make banking. « 

 » In the context of the ongoing legal battle with Epic, Apple recently stated in court: « Apple does a thorough app review before any apps are released. They have told lawmakers like @amyklobuchar the same thing over and over again. Only now is the truth coming And it’s ugly, « he concludes.

While many point to the impact of these revelations on the Epic vs Apple court case, the immediate impact will have an immediate impact on all iPad and iPhone users. Apple markets its reputation as a Industry leading security strong and millions of customers are happy to pay a premium for it.

Apple is slated to launch iOS 14.5 at its Spring Loaded event next week. The update brings several key user protections into play, but as the revelations keep coming , it is clear that Apple needs to reform its trunk and branch offices as soon as possible.

I am a seasoned freelance techno logistic journalist. I’ve written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews, The Guardian, and the BBC in addition to Forbes. I started in

I am a seasoned freelance technology journalist. I’ve written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews, The Guardian, and the BBC in addition to Forbes. I started out in B2B print journalism reporting on tech companies at the height of the dot-com boom and switched to consumer tech when the iPod started taking off.

A career highlight for me was the founding of TrustedReviews. It started in 2003 and we were repeatedly told that websites couldn’t compete with print! Within four years we were bought by IPC Media (Time Warner’s publishing division) to become their flagship tech title.

What fascinates me are the machinations of the largest technology companies. Do you have a pitch, tip or leak? Contact me on my professional Facebook page. I do not bite.



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