Friday, January 11, 2019

iOS Games Found Talking to Golduck Malware C&C Servers

Sergiu Gatlan:

Even though Apple has always been especially proud of its App Store app review process, it seems that some apps which are not exactly malicious but do exhibit risky behavior escape its review team’s scrutiny occasionally.

This is the case of over a dozen iOS applications found in Apple’s App Store which were observed while transferring data to command-and-control servers known to have been used by the Android Golduck Loader.

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries and Natasha Singer:

The Weather Channel app deceptively collected, shared and profited from the location information of millions of American consumers, the city attorney of Los Angeles said in a lawsuit filed on Thursday.


The government said the Weather Company, the business behind the app, unfairly manipulated users into turning on location tracking by implying that the information would be used only to localize weather reports. Yet the company, which is owned by IBM, also used the data for unrelated commercial purposes, like targeted marketing and analysis for hedge funds, according to the lawsuit.

Via Andrew Pontious:

It should also get them kicked out of the App Store, if Apple is committed to evenhandedness and fairness.

Previously: How to Game the App Store.

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