08 February 2024
A fraudulent application impersonating the trusted password management service LastPass was recently taken down from the App Store. Questions remain whether it was removed by Apple or the app's developer, as Apple has not issued a statement. The fake app, which used LastPass's branding to deceive users, showcased a number of red flags, including misspellings and an unknown developer, contrasting with official apps from LogMeIn, LastPass's owner.
Apple's stringent App Review process is under scrutiny as this incident undermines their argument against new regulations that propose third-party app stores and payment systems like the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA). Apple has cautioned that such laws could endanger consumer safety by exposing them to unknown entities, potentially leading to scams and malware attacks. The irony lies in the fact that this particular threat originated from Apple's own App Store, not an external source.
Despite being available for a short period, the false LastPass app seems to have had limited success in fooling users, partly because outspoken consumers posted App Store reviews highlighting the fraudulent nature of the app. Neither did the app make a significant mark in App Store rankings. Nonetheless, the situation raises concerns about how such an application could pass Apple's review process and the potential risk it could have posed to a larger audience.
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