14. February 2019 16:23:34 IST
Software pirates have adopted a technology developed by Apple Inc. to expel hacked versions of Spotify Angry Birds Pokemon Go Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found.
Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp . Panda Helper AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to gain access to an Apple-introduced program that enables companies to distribute enterprise applications to their employees, without going over the tightly controlled App Store from Apple.
With Enterprise Developer Certificates, these pirate operations provide modified versions of popular apps for consumers that allow them to stream music without ads and bypass game fees and rules, depriving Apple and Macs of legitimate imate apps. Manufacturer of revenue.
TutuApp Panda Helper AppValley and TweakBox did not respond to several comment requests.
Apple has no ability to track the real-time distribution of these certificates or the distribution of improperly-modified apps on their phones, but may terminate them in the event of abuse.
"Developers who misuse our company certificates violate these rules of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program Agreement and the certificates are terminated and may be completely removed from our developer program," an Apple spokesperson told Reuters (19459012 ). "We are constantly reviewing the cases of abuse and are ready to take immediate action."
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"Nothing prevents these companiesfrom doing this again from another team, another developer account," said Amine Hambaba, security manager of Shape Security software company.
Apple confirms a media report on Wednesday that a two-factor authentication would be required – with a code sent to a phone and a password – to sign up for all developer accounts by the end of this month, which could help alleviate the abuse of certificates.
The main app manufacturers Spotify Technology SA, Rovio Entertainment Oyj and Niantic Inc. have begun to fight back.
Spotify declined to comment on modified apps that the streaming music provider said earlier this month that its new terms of service would be against users who "create or distribute tools designed to promote advertising To block".
Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds mobile games, said he is actively working with partners to address violations "to the benefit of our gaming community and Rovio as a company."
Niantic, which makes Pokemon Go said players using pirated apps that allow them to cheat their game are banned for violating the Terms of Service. Microsoft Corp., which owns the Creative Building game Minecraft declined to comment.
Siphoning Off Revenue
It's unclear how much revenue Apple's pirate distributors will siphon off and legitimate app manufacturers.
TutuApp offers a free version of Minecraft, which costs $ 6.99 on Apple's App Store. AppValley is offering a version of Spotify's free streaming music service, where the ad is removed.
Distributors make money by charging $ 13 or more for subscriptions to their so-called "VIP" versions of their services, which they believe are more stable than the free versions. It's impossible to know how many users are buying such subscriptions, but the pirate distributors together have more than 600,000 followers on Twitter.
Security researchers have long warned against the misuse of enterprise developer certificates that serve as digital keys for an iPhone A software downloaded from the Internet can be trusted and opened. At the heart of Apple's enterprise application program, they enable consumers to install apps on their iPhone without Apple's knowledge.
Apple briefly banned Facebook and Alphabet Inc. from using corporate certificates last month after consumers had used them to distribute data capture apps.
The pirated dealers who saw Reuters (19459012) use certificates that were acquired on behalf of legitimate companies, although it is unclear how. Several pirates have a subsidiary of China Mobile Ltd. embodies. China Mobile did not respond to inquiries.
Tech News site TechCrunch reported that the misuse of certificates also prohibits the distribution of apps for pornography and gambling, both of which are banned from the App Store.
Since the App Store was introduced in 2008, Apple has attempted to present the iPhone as more secure than other Android devices because Apple reviews and approves all apps distributed on the devices. Hackers "jailbroke" iPhones early on by modifying their software to circumvent Apple's controls, but this invalidated the iPhone's warranty and deterred many occasional users. The misuse of company certificates Reuters saw (19459012) does not rely on jailbreaking and can be used on unmodified iPhones.
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