Free (Pirated) iPhone Apps With vShare

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Apple claims to have very tight control over their app store. I don’t agree with this. After all, even when alerted of a major hack, Apple went 6 months without making any attempt to fix it. Regardless of this, it is a common perception that the Apple App Store is safer than other’s out there. Further proof of what the Apple media machine can do.

It is my personal opinion, that Apple is not too quick to fix these flaws, because it is not affecting their income. After all, hack after hack, even hacks that obtained major media attention like the Fappening, has done nothing to slow the sale of iPhones.

What happens when one of these flaws begin to cut in to Apple’s cash flow? Will we see Apple leap to correct the issue? Or will it remain on the back burner like other exploits which leave the user at risk? We are about to find out. You see, there’s a new flaw that will be taking income away from Apple’s App Store.

Welcome to a free Apple App Store, where users can download paid apps for free, with an iPhone that doesn’t need to be jailbroken. vShare is an app store registered in Shanghai, where users can download apps such as Minecraft: Pocket Edition which costs $6.99 on the Apple App Store without paying Apple a dime. Popular apps such as Minecraft have been “liked” by downloaders in excess of 1.4 million times. Developers are of course taking the biggest hit with this loss due to pirated apps, but with Apple receiving a 30% share of revenue from paid apps, there could be a rather large potential loss to Apple. And Apple doesn’t like to lose money.

How are people downloading these pirated apps to a locked down iPhone with no jailbreak? Thanks to Apple’s own Apple Developer Enterprise program. With this program, companies that pay Apple $299 a year are able to install their own apps on their employees phones without going through the app store through the use of a trusted certificate. It appears that vShare is cycling through four of these trusted certificates enabling users to download these pirated apps.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time we have seen this process being misused. The second Masque Attack used the same process to put malware on iPhones. There is no indication at this point that vShare is dispersing malware to users, but of course the transport is already there.

Apple made no changes to this trusted security certificate process after Masque Attack 2. With this misuse of the process, Apple is seeing a financial loss. Is this what it takes for Apple to plug the hole in it’s walled garden? Time will tell.

 

Source: CNN

Brad

BlackBerry Elite Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs and UTB Geek. When I'm not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you'll find me using my BlackBerry.

  • Reverend Grim

    All the time sheeple are buying iCrap why should Apple bother fixing any issues, at least properly? If they say “oh don’t worry people, it’s all sorted, or at least will be in a security update (we won’t say if it’s the next update or one in four years time)” the blind sheeple will believe this and trust it’s true then forget about it, the people who get apps from outside (and not regulated) sources will continue to whatever apple say, they will jailbreak their iphone and if they move away from Apple then they will root their android phone, these are the people who won’t move to BlackBerry because they can’t hack it to do what they want, we all know the apps are here and top quality ones at that, we know that for quality sometimes you need to spend a dollar to get get it… I’ve come to the conclusion that until people can apps for free (no matter where) for BlackBerry they won’t move, it’s like the fool that puts an alarm on his house… after the third break in… they will learn but not for a long time and by the time they do… it’s to late!
    That’s why #iChooseBlackBerry… quality, security and safety… there is only one company that can do what I want and what others need… I’m here, I’m safe and I’m more than happy!

  • web99

    Great article Brad!

    It just goes to show that Apple has some serious problems with its claims that their App Store is secure.

  • Martin

    Well said Grim!!
    I just can not comprehend why folks are too damn cheap to pay a buck or two for an app! After all, nothing is ever truly free.

  • RobcThbay

    Based on my own experience as a former apple dev I’ve got a feeling they might not know how to fix the problem.
    If it takes 800 apple engineers to design a camera for their latest iToy just imagine how many they would need to something tricky.

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