Holiday retail woes have hit a little early this year, with hundreds of fake retail and product apps appearing in Apple’s App Store recently. The New York Times reports
counterfeiters have disguised apps as retail chains like Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, department stores like Nordstrom and even luxury brands like Jimmy Choo.
With Apple known to have a strict policy around acceptance into its massive App Store, it is disheartening to hear of such a large quality check mishap. Even more frustrating, is the impact this will leave on the brands impacted, leaving many pointing fingers of blame.
We spoke with Jeff Williams, Co-founder and CTO of application security company Contrast Security, who explained both the security and brand impact of the news.
“First, it’s important to note that Apple’s App Store deserves a lot of credit for creating an environment where the overwhelming majority of apps are safe to use and do not have either: 1) vulnerabilities that would allow an attacker to take over a device, or 2) capabilities that would allow the app creator to compromise device security. That’s not easy. Android and the Google Play store aren’t even close in comparison.
So in a way, it’s a good sign that attackers have to resort to this roundabout method of attacking users. Yes, Apple should do a better job of ensuring that trademarks should only be used with authorization. However, think for a minute how hard that problem really is. Remember that many applications are written by third parties, consultants, and outsourcing organizations who are also responsible for submitting them to the App Store. How would Apple actually verify that the submitter actually owns that trademark? For the record, most trademarks aren’t global, they’re geographic and limited to a particular type of product. So it’s tough to make Apple the arbiter of all of that for 2.2 million apps in the store.
Instead, Apple has chosen to let the two parties involved (accuser and alleged infringer) work it out. They even facilitate contact between the two parties. This kind of thing can happen in the real world of course. Walmart might sell you Ozcar Meyer franks from their store. Or you might buy a Molex watch from Bloomingdales. But, the question is whether Walmart or Bloomingdales has a legal obligation to get involved in the trademark dispute. I hope they would, and I hope Apple figures out ways to make this kind of scam more difficult. But, I don’t blame them.”
Read more: https://www.contrastsecurity.com
This guide titled, "100 Questions and Answers to help you land your Dream iOS Job" can help you through some further questions related to landing a job related to iOS. With 100 Questions and Answers categorized by seniority and with reviews from some of the top iOS engineers worldwide, this book will level up how you make interviews for your favorite platform.
Are you paying more taxes than you have to as a developer or freelancer? The IRS is certainly not going to tell you about a deduction you failed to take, and your accountant is not likely to take the time to ask you about every deduction you’re entitled to. As former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson admitted, “If you don’t claim it, you don’t get it.
Inside the buds, there is a newly-designed H1 chip which Apple has built specifically for the headphones. It improves connectivity pairing times, the efficiency of the battery life, and allows for hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality. New for the AirPods 2019 is the wireless charging case for the earbuds, which means you can use Qi-compatible charging mats to power the case without having to stick a cable in.
Get hands-on experience in performing simple to complex mobile forensics techniques Retrieve and analyze data stored not only on mobile devices but also through the cloud and other connected mediums A practical guide to leveraging the power of mobile forensics on popular mobile platforms with lots of tips, tricks, and caveats.
The Chirp GPS app is a top-ranked location sharing app available for Apple and Android that is super easy to use, and most of all, it's reliable.
Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.