A fake LastPass password manager has been found on Apple’s app store
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The fake LastPass password manager found on Apple’s App Store has now been pulled. It is currently unknown whether Apple or the bogus software developer uninstalled the phony program — which disguised itself as the LastPass password manager on the Apple App Store. Apple hasn’t responded to inquiries regarding the removal. Apple is very vigilant in these situations and guards its App Store with vigilance.
Christofer Hoff is the Chief Secure Technology Officer at LastPass. Statement to TechCrunch, said, “Upon seeing the fake ‘LassPass’ app in the Apple App store, LastPass immediately began a coordinated and multi-faceted approach across our threat intelligence, legal and engineering teams to get the fraudulent app removed.”Hoff continues “Our threat intelligence team posted a blog yesterday to raise awareness and help inform the public and our customers of the situation. We are in direct contact with representatives from Apple, and they have confirmed receipt of our complaints, and we are working through the process to have the fraudulent app removed.”
To mislead consumers, the fraudster app mimicked LastPass’s branding and user interface
In an effort to mislead consumers, the fraudster app mimicked LastPass’s branding and user interface and was distributed under the identity of a single developer, Parvati Patel. The fake program had several typos which should give anyone pause. It was also released from a separate developer. You can also check out our other blog posts. LogMeIn — the company that owns LastPass.
It’s not really good for Apple Inc., which has been fighting against so many regulations recently — like the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA)- that such an apparently fraudulent app made it through Apple’s generally rigorous App Review process.
Appfigures, an app analytics company, reported that the phone app was released on January 21st, giving it a few weeks to get users’ attention. Appfigures noticed that users were aware that the app is fake, as each of the Apple App Store reviewers warned others of its phony nature. The fake app used keywords in order to rank higher in search.
You can also find out more about the following: Fake App may have succeeded in tricking some users, even though it probably didn’t fake-out too many. The worst for the LastPass Company is that it was forced to alert its real users in a public forum about the fraudulent app in the store — even though it should have never been released in the first place. The app wasn’t taken down from the App Store until the day after LastPass’s blog post was published.
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