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How Apple’s Enterprise App Program Became the New Wild West of Mobile Apps

Nick Statt:

But, as previous reports have found and according to multiple employees of large tech companies who spoke to The Verge, Apple’s enterprise program contains few oversight protections that would prevent developers from abusing their certificates. It’s not just Facebook and Google’s egregious VPN apps or the occasional flagrant TV and movie torrent software, either. A trail of virtual breadcrumbs has since led reporters to unearth thousands of prohibited iOS apps, from gambling and porn software to pirated games and ad-free versions of Spotify. And it now looks as if an entire underground world of secretly sideloaded apps that violate Apple’s terms are available direct to consumers — if you know where to look.

Via Patrick Balestra:

How Apple didn’t yet shut down @TutuApp_vip literally blows my mind. They have 170K followers, a public website that with a single button installs an app signed with an enterprise certificate which includes a marketplace to install other apps? 🤯

Previously: Facebook Pays Teens to Install VPN That Spies on Them.

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Apple shouldn't be the gatekeeper, I'm fine people are pushing the envelope.

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