While we hear a lot about Android apps masquerading as malware and adware, it’s rare for rogue iOS apps to sneak through Apple’s security and management. However, the Satori Threat Intelligence & Research team of security researcher HUMAN has discovered 10 such iPhone apps that “commit various types of advertising fraud” when installed.
In a lengthy blog post about Charybdis and Scylla’s activities, researchers found that many apps, including more than 10 on iOS and some 75 on Android, “contain code masquerading as other legitimate games for advertising purposes, rendering their operation silent.” to keep.” The apps in question used code obfuscation to generate fake clicks and fraudulent ads on hidden screens that are “packed with ads, tricking advertisers into paying for false impressions to an audience that never really exists.”
The apps discovered by the researchers are all knockoffs of popular games and have since been removed from the App Store:
- Loot the castle
- Ninja critical hit
- Racing Legend 3D
- rope runner
- Shining Gun
- Tony Runs
- wood sculptor
The researchers found no security vulnerabilities, but background processes and transmission could affect performance and battery life. In addition, the teams warn that the developers “may update the apps to change the way they work, so uninstalling the apps is the best choice.”
There are several ways to uninstall an app, the easiest is to find it in Settings:
- Go to Settings.
- Navigate to General > iPhone Storage (or iPad Storage).
- Check out your list of apps (which are sorted with the ones that take up the most space at the top).
- To uninstall an app, tap it and then select Uninstall app on the next page.
For more advice, read: How to Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad