Report discovers 10 ad fraud apps in the App Store

Bleeping Computer recently published a report on ten apps that maliciously act as ad fraudsters in the App Store.

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The mobile apps were discovered by security researchers, who labeled the ad fraud campaign as “Scylla.” These apps imitate real apps, but had users inundated with ads when they opened them. The researchers say it’s the third wave of fraud operations that began in August 2019, and something Apple has been battling for nearly three years now.

The names of the apps are Fire-Wall, Tony Runs, Racing Legend 3D, Run Bridge, Ninja Critical Hit, Wood Sculptor, Loot the Castle, Shinning Gun and Rope Runner. It is recommended that those who have these apps uninstall them as soon as possible.

In a similar fashion, more than 70 fraud advertising apps were found in the Google Play Store. It seems that Apple’s review team is more thorough and has stricter requirements or procedures, although some still went through.

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