Developer reports million-dollar scams on the App Store | Digital Trends Spanish

Apple boasts of the security of the App Store. For years, the company has argued that its app store has no place for pirated software and that its digital storefront is the home of innovation. Sheer lip service, says developer Kosta Eleftheriou, once convinced Apple was doing the right thing. His opinion changed when his application FlickType, a keyboard designed for the Apple Watch, was hacked by a group of developers taking advantage of what Eleftheriou calls “an inconsistent application of the rules of the App Store.”

This was narrated in an interview to the portal The Verge, in which it suggests that Apple has little interest in putting a solution to the theft of software for economic interest.

Each purchase made in the App Store leaves Apple a 30 percent share. For this reason, developer Epic Games, a company in a position to legally fight Apple, sued it for monopolistic practices. But Eleftheriou is far from having the legal backing of Epic Games and that is why his fighting arena is limited to Twitter and the media.

Up to now, I & # 39; ve been in the & quot; Apple * wants * to do the right thing & quot; camp. My viewpoint is starting to change.

How to spot a $ 5M / year scam on the @AppStore, in 5 minutes flat: ????

& mdash; Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) February 6, 2021

“It is surprising that more people do not know about this,” denounces the developer, who also points out that part of the problem is that Apple uses algorithms that are based on user reviews to select which applications appear in the first search results. The system, Eleftheriou says, is fallible because reviews can also be faked. “That gives consumers a false sense of security, that the application is excellent,” he explains.

That is what happened with your FlickType app. One or more developers cloned it, renamed it KeyWatch, published it on the App Store, and even promoted it with the same video that Eleftheriou made for FlickType. Before long, the clone of his application was filled with favorable reviews despite the fact that the application does not work and charges users a weekly subscription of $ 8 dollars. Through an analysis conducted with the Appfigures platform, he found that the developers who stole his application made $ 2 million in one year. “It’s amazing,” he says.

Following the complaint, Apple removed the application that Eleftheriou reported for software theft. However, the developer who hacked your work can still post to the App Store. “I think Apple needs, at the very least, to acknowledge the problem and say they are working on a solution,” he concludes.

Before Apple responded, another developer reported a similar case. The problem is systemic.

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