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12 Feb 2016
by David Jannetta
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Coding Marketplaces Fueling Pirate Community On App Stores

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. […]

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06 Feb 2016
by David Jannetta
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Apple Removes Rouge Apps With Counterfeit Content

Brian Raub, who owns the Lakelubbers.com website, has seemingly won a battle in his efforts to get Apple to remove from their App Store rogue apps that copy Raub’s content and resell it through the app store. As reported in the Roanoke Times, his success came only after Raub complained through the media about his problem.

Raub’s Lakelubbers website has over 2,000 articles about popular lake side tourist sites throughout the US and 80 other countries. Last April, he received an anonymous email steering him to the counterfeit apps. According to the article:

                They duplicated all of it… they duplicated it exactly.  […]

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11 Dec 2015
by David Jannetta
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Apple OS X and iOS Malware on the Rise

Apple OS X and iOS Malware on the Rise

Cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting Apple devices and 2016 will see a rise in attacks on its operating systems, security experts suggest.

Symantec’s just released report titled “The Apple Threat Landscape” warns that “a rising number of threat actors have begun developing malware designed to infect devices running MacOS X or iOS.”

The report states that the amount of malware aimed at Apple’s mobile operating system has more than doubled this year. Even though traditionally iOS has been walled off and relatively safe in the past, the security threats are growing as attackers are finding ways in, even on iPhones that are not jailbroken. […]

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22 Nov 2015
by David Jannetta
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The Growing Dominance of Mobile Computing

Mobile Has Taken Over

Much has been written the past few weeks about Google’s plan to combine its Android software for smartphones and tablets with its software for personal computers. As one reporter wrote: Mobile has taken over!

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Google wants to bring its Android mobile software to laptop computers. The search giant plans to release this newly unified software in 2017, the report says, with Google demonstrating it sometime next year.

The article notes: “The new version of Android will also give PC users access to Google’s Play store, which offers more than one million apps.” The shift highlights the importance of mobile devices and the software that powers them. […]

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09 Nov 2015
by David Jannetta
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Apple Launches tvOS App Store

Back in September we wrote about Apple’s new TV set-top box, noting Apple’s proclamation that “Apps are the future of television”.

The new tvOS App Store launched last week and now offers a wide variety of games and apps. And since Apple is allowing third-party developers to create apps and games for the store, the number available will increase dramatically.

IP Lasso will monitor the tvOS App Store as it develops along with the thirty other u-marketplaces already in our dashboard. If you would like to see how we can assist you in keeping your brands safe and secure, drop us a note for a free consultation. […]

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02 Nov 2015
by Peter Gordon
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IP Lasso Adds Image Matching and Feature Extraction Capability

IP Lasso Adds Image Matching and Feature Extraction Capability

We are pleased to announce that IP Lasso has integrated Image Matching and Feature Extraction (IMFE) capabilities into our world class u-marketplace monitoring platform.

This feature allows our clients to detect listings using imagery containing their logos, artwork, and products. Additionally, we’ve implemented optical character recognition, allowing our software to detect trademark violations within imagery. This will provide brand owners another significant tool to track down and take action against fraudulent activity.

IP Lasso already monitors for key words and phrases in over 15 million listings on a daily basis. IMFE will allow us to discover even more malicious listings for our clients – increasing the safety and security of their brands we protect, as well as their revenues. […]

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11 Oct 2015
by David Jannetta
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Amazon Launches “Handmade” To Compete With Etsy

Amazon Launches “Handmade” To Compete With Etsy

Must be vigilant of counterfeit luxury goods

Amazon, Inc. last week launched a new section of its site, called Handmade, to directly compete with the popular site Etsy.

Here is Amazon’s initial pitch: Handmade at Amazon is a new store on Amazon.com for invited artisans to sell their unique, handcrafted goods to our hundreds of millions of customers worldwide.

Etsy started selling artisan-made goods about 10 years ago, and went public in April of this year. Although it remains popular, with about 1.5 million sellers, Etsy’s stock price has fallen more than 50% since the IPO. […]

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04 Oct 2015
by David Jannetta
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It’s Official: Mobile Apps Now More Popular Than TV

A new report from Flurry Insights has made headlines: “For the first time ever, time spent inside mobile applications by the average US consumer has exceeded that of TV.”

Apps now reign supreme as the top media channel in the United States.

The 198 average daily minutes consumers spent on mobile apps does not include 22 minutes a day spent on a mobile browser- itself a mobile app. If you add that in, then consumers spent 220 minutes per day using mobile apps- far exceeding time spent watching TV. […]

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26 Sep 2015
by David Jannetta
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Apple’s Chinese App Store Targeted With Malware-Infested Apps

Apple’s Chinese App Store Targeted With Malware-Infested Apps

Many news outlets reported this week that hackers had found a way to get malware into the generally trusted Chinese version of Apple’s App Store.

Apparently some developers used an unauthorized and compromised version of Apple’s developer tool kit, which subsequently infected apps made by those developers. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. reported that the attack affected more than three dozen popular apps, including the widely downloaded WeChat mobile chat app by Tencent Holdings.

The infected apps can reportedly transmit information about a user’s device and prompt fake alerts that could be used to steal passwords to Apple’s iCloud service, according to researchers. […]

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14 Sep 2015
by David Jannetta
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The New Apple TV – It’s All About Apps

At its annual product showcase last week, Apple Inc. unveiled with great fanfare its new Apple TV set-top box. Apple proclaims that the overall experience of TV has continued to stagnate- until now!

It’s all about apps.

Apple’s website boldly states: “Apps are the future of television. Think about it. On your mobile devices and computers, you already use apps… and that’s exactly where TV in the living room is headed. Apps have liberated television.”

It is important to note that for the first time Apple made public its developer’s kit for Apple TV.  […]

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