Apple has removed an app it was inadvertently hosting on the App Store that deceived Facebook advertisers and prompted hackers to use advertisers’ ad budgets to run potentially harmful ads on Facebook platforms, interested in trade reports.


The app previously ranked highly in the ‌App Store‌ when searching for “Facebook Ad Manager,” the app that advertisers use to control their presence and the ads they display on the Facebook platform. The app presented itself as the legitimate ad manager for Facebook but in reality it was a backdoor allowing hackers to gain access to an account. Said one employee in an advertising agency from the inside They were blocked from accessing their account within just 10 minutes of downloading and logging in to the app from the Apple ‌ App Store.

Apple said the app was originally introduced to the App Store as a simple document manager without the links or functionality of the Facebook platform. Apple claimed in a statement from the inside That the application became malicious after it was approved by the company’s platform. Facebook reported the app to Apple in mid-July, but only then insiders The request for comment on tech giant Cupertino was the app that was removed from the platform.

Apple prides itself on the App Store being a “safe and trusted place to discover and download apps,” where apps are held to “the highest standards for privacy, security, and content.” Apple monitors all apps before they are offered for download on the ‌App Store‌. According to the company, more than 250,000 App Store apps were disapproved last year for violating privacy guidelines, with more than a million apps disapproved of potentially harmful and unsafe content.

Despite Apple’s efforts, scam apps remained a problem for the platform. A study last year found that 2% of the top 1,000 paid apps on the App Store‌ at the time were fraudulent apps, with these apps reportedly generating more than $1 million in revenue. In a separate case, a fake bitcoin app tricked its way into making over $610,000 after it was on the Apple platform.

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