In a recent World Trademark Review article, Tim Lince wrote of the growing popularity of online marketplaces selling code for hackers to “reskin” popular mobile apps and offer them for sale on various app stores.
Lince cites the recent news of an unofficial sequel to the popular Minecraft: Pocket Edition app that was rising to the top of the Apple iOS Store. After thousands of downloads at $10.99, this clone was discovered and removed from the store. The article notes:
The success of this fake app, in terms of the number of downloads, was of particular concern following the discovery of malicious code being added to thousands of so-called ‘clone apps’ on app stores, which take advantage of the popularity of a successful app by creating a copycat version that appears to be affiliated with the original. […]