After being reported for pushing out corrupted updates, it looks like the Apple App Store is in the news again. According to reports online, “Find and Call”, the first ever spam-sending app managed to make its way onto the Apple App store. The app reportedly uploads all of a user’s contacts to a remote server and then sends a text message and email to every contact in his/her phonebook. Ouch.
The app also made it into the Google Play Store – no surprise there, since Google doesn’t screen what goes on it but this is the first time that a malicious app has managed to slip through Apple’s strict screening policies. As of now, the app is nowhere to be found on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. While it may be the first app to successfully use user data in a malicious manner on the App Store, it’s probably not going to be the last app to do so. Hopefully Apple beefs up its app moderation to prevent such mishaps from happening in the future.
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