Hackers used Apple tech to put malicious apps on iPhones

Hackers used Apple tech to put malicious apps on iPhones

Software pirates can make a profit by offering a membership that costs $13 or more a month for access to "VIP" versions of the apps, which are said to be more secure than the free versions.

You may be tempted to go find these third-party distributors to get a few pirated apps, but be warned.

These pirate operations are using similar tactics to provide consumers with modified versions of popular apps that let them stream music without ads and get around fees and rules in games.

Apple the enterprise certificates of both when the company became aware of the breach of its terms.

Software pirates have figured out how to bypass Apple's App Store to distribute hacked versions of popular paid apps including Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and others to iOS users. All of them are siphoning off money from Apple and independent developers, though. However, it can cancel certificates if it finds that they are being misused.

This is a clear violation of Apple's developer program rules, which state all apps must be distributed through the App Store.

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Believe it or not, there's more to the Enterprise Certificate abuse story than Facebook and Google's user privacy intrusions and all those illegal hardcore porn and gambling apps running wild on iPhones around the world without proper authorization.

It is impossible to know how many users buy such subscriptions, but the pirate distributors combined have more than 600,000 followers on Twitter.

Soon after Facebook and Google were found abusing Apple's app policies, a new investigation has revealed that there are dozens of apps related to pornography and gambling. Apple's only resource when a violation is discovered is to revoke the certificate entirely, rendering all of the apps signed by that certificate inoperable.

Apple recently sent out an e-mail to all registered developers advising them that, as of February 27, two-factor authentication will be required on all Apple Developer accounts and Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles. Microsoft, the owner of Minecraft, declined to comment. For every developer account ban, several others are created or activated by various members of different teams, which are then able to obtain new digital certificates in the name of seemingly legit companies.

Unlike Android devices, iPhones would typically block attempts to install apps from sketchy, unverified sources.

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