3.5 Million iPhone Users Installed Malicious Fleeceware from Apple’s App Store
Thirty malicious fleeceware apps found in Apple’s official App Store. These apps are making financial frauds. Apple store allows apps to offer a trial period and these app developers using it as an advantage. Ransomware attacks increasing day by day. Cybersecurity is getting very important in online businesses if you want to get the trust of your users.
If the users install the app and don’t cancel the subscription, they use to charge an excessive amount.
Fleeceware Apps Apple’s App Store
Sophos points out 30 such apps present in Apple’s official App Store and these apps charge subscription between $28 per month or $9 per week after a 3 or 7 day trial period and something like these.
If the apps remain installed for more than a year they charge users round about $350 or $465, respectively. This apps doesn’t include any special features. It includes only the features that present in free apps or other normally paid apps.
Many of these apps are advertised as free in App Stores if the users installed it pop with a “free trial” notification.
The notifications ask users to provide payment card details, in most cases, the apps are usable only after a subscription.
“Some users may sign up to subscribe without reading the fine print, which includes the actual cost of the subscriptions,” reads Sophos blog post.
Apple store doesn’t keep data of the installed number of how many users installed the app; many of these apps found to be in the list of the top popular apps list.
Here is it the complete list