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09 Mar 2017
by David Jannetta
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WSJ:  Fake Goods on Alibaba Hurt U.S. Small Businesses

Alibaba: “It’s a brand’s responsibility to protect its own brand.”

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A recent Wall Street Journal article noted Alibaba’s Taobao was reinstated on a list of notorious marketplaces for fakes in December due in part to “the challenges right holders experience in removing and preventing illicit sales and offers of such goods,” said the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, which maintains the list.

The USTR, in its December report, said Taobao’s expedited takedown program “reportedly remains out of reach,” especially for small- and medium-size businesses, because of stringent eligibility requirements. […]

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16 Feb 2017
by David Jannetta
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Google Set to Remove Millions of Play Store Apps Next Month

The Next Web recently reported that Google has started warning developers that their apps have been flagged for a lack of an adequate privacy policy.

The targeted apps are generally counterfeit and take the form of a knock off of a popular game, movie character, or any number of major brands. These fake apps turn up alongside legitimate apps, which makes them hard to spot if you’re not doing a thorough analysis.

The Next Web noted:

“One of the most common gripes among Android developers — aside from segmentation issues — is that of a crowded marketplace that makes it difficult at times to find what you’re looking for. […]

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03 Feb 2017
by David Jannetta
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Demand Surges in India & China For Google Play and iOS Apps

According to a recent BBC report, India jumped ahead of the US to become the nation that downloaded the most apps from Google’s Play Store in 2016, according to analytics firm App Annie.

The report also claimed “that China became the biggest source of revenue for Apple’s iOS App Store for the first time.” It went on to note:

“Google and Apple both take a cut of software sales and in-app fees from third-parties that publish on their respective platforms. Their differing successes are explained by the fact that Google Play does not operate in China, while iPhones have a much smaller share of the Indian market than they do in most other countries.”

App Annie said more than 90 billion apps were downloaded via the two stores over the year. […]

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06 Jan 2017
by David Jannetta
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A New Year Brings More Spam From Fake Financial Apps

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced the launch of a new BHIM mobile app which enables citizens to make digital payments and transactions.

Newsite BGR wrote that “Since its launch, the Android app has been gaining popularity with more than 3 million downloads and has also hit the top charts on the Google Play Store. While the app is growing in popularity, the Play Store is getting flooded with multiple fake versions of the BHIM app.”

Actually, over 40 fake versions of the financial transaction app appeared on the Store within a few weeks, with hundreds of thousands of fakes downloaded by unsuspecting users. […]

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09 Dec 2016
by David Jannetta
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Security Breach: More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Compromised

Security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd recently announced the breach of more than one million Google accounts by a new Android malware named Gooligan. The malware steals email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them.

The release notes that with this information, attackers can access users’ sensitive data from Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and G Suite.

“This theft of over a million Google account details is very alarming and represents the next stage of cyber-attacks,” said Michael Shaulov, Check Point’s head of mobile products. “We are seeing a shift in the strategy of hackers, who are now targeting mobile devices in order to obtain the sensitive information that is stored on them.”

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • After attackers gain control over the device, they generate revenue by fraudulently installing apps from Google Play and rating them on behalf of the victim. […]

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06 Dec 2016
by David Jannetta
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Apple Sues: Nearly 90% Of Amazon iPhone Chargers Are Fake

We just posted a blog discussing how the Apple Mac App Store is full of scams. Now comes news that Apple is suing Amazon.com supplier Mobile Star for alleged trademark infringement, revealing that the majority of iPhone and iPad adapters and charging cables labeled as “genuine” and “official” on Amazon are actually fake.

Apple said that its reputation can be tarnished when consumers buy products they think are real, but end up malfunctioning. (Do you think Microsoft might feel the same way about all of the fake Office products we just wrote about on the Mac App Store?)

So Apple recently filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com supplier Mobile Star LLC for alleged trademark infringement, according to PatentlyApple. […]

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30 Nov 2016
by Reggie Pierce
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The Mac App Store Is Full Of Scams

The Mac App Store Is Full Of Scams

A new post by How-To Geek goes into great detail about how Apple’s “walled garden” fails to protect users from being scammed.

They detail examples of top results for searches such as “Microsoft Excel” and “Office Bundle”. The top results for “Office Bundle” gets you a $30 collection of templates- all useless without Microsoft Office.

The article notes that people were deceived, and goes on to say:

“These customers were ripped off, and Apple pocketed $10 each. Search for other Office applications and you’ll find more template bundles, disguised as official applications to varying degrees.”

The writer focused on Microsoft Office because this is a particularly egregious example. […]

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08 Nov 2016
by Max Jannetta
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NY Times Report: Fake Retail Apps Surging Before Holidays

NY Times Report: Fake Retail Apps Surging Before Holidays

The New York Times just reported on hundreds of fake retail apps that recently appeared in Apple’s App Store – just in time for holiday shopping.

Vindu Goel writes that the fraudsters “have masqueraded as retail chains like Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, big department stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, online product bazaars like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods makers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo.”

A number of app developers are cited in the article. “We’re seeing a barrage of fake apps” says one, noting that it was the first time they had seen so many counterfeit iPhone apps emerge in such a short period of time. […]

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07 Nov 2016
by David Jannetta
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Fake Android Flash Player App Targets Banks, Social Media

Over the weekend the International Business Times reported on a new Android malware that can steal the login credentials from 94 different mobile banking apps around the world.

According to Kai Lu, a security researcher at Fortinet, users who actively use banking applications on their mobiles need to remain cautious and beware of this new malware campaign.

She notes that “the malware masquerades as a Flash Player app that, once installed, appears in a phone launcher. If a phone owner launches the app they see a fake Google Play screen asking for permissions that grant the malware administrator rights. […]

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28 Oct 2016
by David Jannetta
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Record Quarter: China becomes World’s Biggest iOS App Store Market

App Annie’s Q3 2016 Index report shows China has smashed earnings records for Apple to become the leading iOS App Store market in the world, taking a massive $1.7b over the previous three months. The U.S. followed at $1.5b and Japan at $1.25b. According to estimates, there’s a lot more growth to come.

Until China’s sudden increase in revenue this quarter, the U.S. had been topping the chart since 2010.

It’s predicted China’s App Store revenue increase will continue into 2020, and the report said the growth will primarily come from games. Outside of games, App Annie states entertainment apps and social networking apps are the top categories, both with high levels of growth over the last year. […]

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