Apple Pulls Few Apps from App Store Over Security Concerns

Apple Pulls Few Apps from App Store Over Security Concerns

 

Apple removes certain content blockers from iOS App Store over security concerns

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• Expressing concern that the security of some users’ data could be compromised, Apple has removed few apps from its App Store
• These apps threatened users’ security by installing certificates that can expose data to third parties
• Among the apps removed was Been Choice

Apple pulls few apps from App Store over security concerns – Citing security concerns to some users’ personal data, Apple has removed “a few” applications from its App Store

 

Apple Pulls Few Apps from App Store Over Security Concerns

In a bid to protect users against potential man-in-the-middle attacks, Apple on Thursday confirmed the removal of multiple iOS content blockers, also referred to as ad blockers, that relied on the installation of root certificates to operate.

 

The company said the apps endangered users’ security by putting in certificates that can expose data to monitoring by third parties. The company did not state the precise number of apps at issue.

An Apple spokeswoman in a statement said, “Apple is deeply committed to protecting customer privacy and security. We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk.”


Apps with so-called root certificates directs user data to servers where it can be examined. That gives the opportunity to network providers to view encrypted traffic, leaving users exposed to data breaches.

The apps that were removed include Been Choice, which has attracted attention for its ability to block advertising in apps.