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Tech Giant Apple Suspends Another Spyware app From App Store: Report

Google was also found to have been running a similar programme and in response, Apple briefly revoked the certificate used by Google and Facebook to push updates on their apps

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Immediately after spyware-maker Connexxa’s infamous app “Assistenza SIM” was caught abusing the iOS enterprise certificate to bypass Apples App Store guidelines, the iPhone-maker revoked its enterprise certificate, making it un-installable on iOS devices.

Security researchers at the US-based IT security company, Lookout, revealed that the app could steal contacts, videos, photos, real-time location data from users’ devices and tap their phone calls as well, The Verge reported on Monday.

The iOS enterprise certificate, that is meant “solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organisation” otherwise, allowed the “Assistenza” app to bypass the Apple certification and stay accessible for downloads through phishing sites outside the App Store.

Details on exactly how many users were targeted by the app and how much information was accessed remain undisclosed.

In 2018, the app was discovered on Android with root access to the smartphones of several users.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Before the app was brought into Google’s notice and removed from PlayStore, the spyware developers could read Wi-Fi passwords, emails as well as data from apps like Facebook, Gmail, WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat.

All this time, the developers have been disguising the app to pretend to be the carrier of helpline apps from Italian and Turkmenistani mobile operators, which could help users get in touch with them.

Raising questions on Apple’s pride over its security measures and App Store policies, a bunch illicit apps that use enterprise certificates offer pirated content, porn, gambling and all kinds of materials.

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Recently, Facebook gathered Apple’s attention when it began paying people to install a “Facebook Research” Virtual Private Network, which collected the user’s private phone and web data without their consent.

Google was also found to have been running a similar programme and in response, Apple briefly revoked the certificate used by Google and Facebook to push updates on their apps, the report added. (IANS)

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Apple Accused of Fraud for Hiding Dop in iPhone Sales: Report

Apple’s disclosures in January caused its stock price to fall by more than $15 per share, or more than 9 percent

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

A lawsuit filed in the US has alleged that Apple violated the country’s Securities Exchange Act by hiding a slowdown in the demand for iPhones, especially in China, the media reported.

The City of Roseville employees’ retirement fund filed the suit on Tuesday in Northern California US District Court, The Mercury News published from San Jose reported.

The lawsuit claimed that Apple knew in November its iPhone sales were hit, but refrained from revealing it to investors then, leading to economic loss for investors.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status, to bring in everyone who bought Apple common stock between November 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019, the report said, adding that the plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Apple in November said it had gone into the holiday season with its “strongest lineup of products and services ever,” according to the suit.

But in reality, the US trade war with China was hurting the iPhone sales and Apple and its CEO Tim Cook were aware of it in November, claimed the lawsuit which said that Apple disclosed the “true state” of its first quarter iPhone sales only in January.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a data privacy conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. VOA

The suit alleged that Apple and Cook’s “materially false and misleading statements” in November propped up the company’s stock, “which continued to trade at artificially inflated prices”.

But in January, Apple lowered its revenue guidance for fiscal 2019 first quarter, which ended on December 29.

In a letter to investors, Cook said that the company now expects a revenue of approximately $84 billion, down from the $89 to $93 billion it had previously projected.

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Cook acknowledged that the revenue shortfall in its guidance was partly due to China’s trade tensions with the US. The slowdown in the Chinese economy also impacted its revenue, he said.

Apple’s disclosures in January caused its stock price to fall by more than $15 per share, or more than 9 percent, the suit claimed. (IANS)