Recently, online security firm Kaspersky had informed Apple and Google that an app called “Find and Call” was a rogue app that carrying a trojan horse in it. The app was available on Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play store which is the home of apps for Androids operating system.
Find and Call, ended up primarily targeting Russian users due to its use of the Russian language in the app description. However, the app was available in App Stores around the world. The report from Kaspersky noted that while there have been previous incidents of personal information being transmitted inappropriately from App Store apps, this appears to be the first time that such information has been used in a malicious manner.
Malware in the Google Play is nothing new but it’s the first case that we’ve seen malware in the Apple App Store. It is worth mentioning that there have not been any incidents of malware inside the iOS Apple App Store since its launch 5 years ago. But the main issue here is user’s privacy again. It’s not for the first time when we see incidents related to user’s personal data and its leakage. And it’s for the first time when we have confirmed case of malicious usage of such data.
In several updates to their original post in which they informed about the malicious application, Kaspersky Lab noted that spam invites are also being sent via email. One user was also able to get in touch with the application’s author, who dismissed the behavior as a bug.
After finding out, Apple removed Find and Call from the App Store. Links to the app in the US and Russian App Stores showed that the app in question was unavailable. However, the app did exist for some time, however, as it debuted in the App Store 13 June 2012.
Apple has been working to limit third-party apps’ access to personal data. It will roll out enhanced permission requirements in iOS 6 to alert users when their data is being accessed.
In a statement to The Loop, Apple said:
“The Find & Call app has been removed from the App Store due to its unauthorized use of users’ Address Book data, a violation of App Store guidelines,” an Apple representative told The Loop.
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Source: Mac Rumors