Monday, September 26, 2022

Scylla Ad Fraud on Apple Store

Bill Toulas:

Security researchers have discovered 75 applications on Google Play and another ten on Apple’s App Store engaged in ad fraud. Collectively, they add to 13 million installations.

Apart from flooding mobile users with advertisements, both visible and hidden, the fraudulent apps also generated revenue by impersonating legitimate apps and impressions.


The Scylla apps typically used a bundle ID that doesn’t match their publication name, to make it appear to the advertisers as if the ad clicks/impressions come from a more profitable software category.


Update (2022-10-07): See also: MacRumors.

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Good thing we have Apple's very splendid and worthwhile review process to keep scam apps like this out


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