Apple removes scam app that hijacked Facebook advertising accounts

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Apple removes scam app that hijacked Facebook advertising accounts
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Apple has removed an app it was inadvertently hosting on the App Store that deceived Facebook advertisers and prompted hackers to use advertisers’ advertising budgets to run potentially malicious ads on Facebook’s platform. did, business Insider reports,

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The app previously ranked high on the App Store when searching for “Facebook Ads Manager,” an app used by advertisers to control their presence and running ads on the Facebook platform. The app presented itself as a legitimate ad manager for Facebook but was actually a backdoor that let hackers access an account. An employee of an advertising agency told insider They were locked out of their account within just 10 minutes of downloading the app from Apple’s App Store and logging in.

Apple said the app was originally presented in the App Store as a simple document manager with no ties to or functionality of the Facebook platform. Apple claimed in a statement: insider That the app became malicious after it was approved for the company’s platform. Facebook flagged the app for Apple in mid-July, but only after insider A request for comment from the Cupertino tech giant had the app removed from the forum.

Apple proudly says The App Store is “a safe and trusted place to find and download apps,” with apps held to “the highest standards for privacy, security, and content.” Apple screens all apps before they are presented for download on the Apple Store. According to the company, last year more than 250,000 apps were rejected for the App Store for violating privacy guidelines, with more than 1 million apps rejected for potentially harmful and unsafe content.

Despite Apple’s efforts, scam apps remain a problem for the platform. A study last year found that 2% of the top 1000 top-paid apps on the App Store at the time were scam apps, with those apps reportedly generating more than $1 million in revenue. In a separate example, a fake bitcoin app made its way to over $610,000 after being on Apple’s platform.

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