Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

developer-tech | November 04, 2019

Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity
Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud. The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster. Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including productivity, utilities, and navigation. Apple spotted a further app using the same technique. Wandera first noticed dodgy activity originating from a speedometer app on a client’s smartphone. When they investigated it further, it was contacting a command and control server that had been previously identified as being involved with issuing ad fraud orders on Android.

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A real-time mobile advertising platform is one that brings programmatic, premium, native and video advertising to life, and one that builds dynamic, real-time competition for every impression in a single place - providing higher eCPMs and immediate monetization. Smaato's Chief Business Officer Ajitpal Pannu discusses how such a platform works, and why it's uniquely relevant for today's mobile publishers and app developers.