Fake Apple apps appear on Android Google Play store

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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If Apple were to start making Android versions of some of its most popular products that would be pretty big news, right?

So it’s no wonder that eyebrows raised when a commenter on Reddit discovered what appeared to be a host of apps created by “Apple Inc” in the Google Play store.

Versions of Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages were listed on the official Google Play store, all claiming to have been developed by Apple Inc and giving a contact email address of [email protected].

Fake Apple apps on the Android store. Click for larger version

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The bogus Apple apps, which were listed for sale at prices between $4.98 and $9.97, have now been removed from the Android marketplace.

What isn’t clear is whether this was a scam to simply pilfer money from unsuspecting Android users hoping to get some Apple-created apps on their devices, or whether it was a more sinister attempt to infect Android phones with malware.

Regardless of the motive, it’s clear that once again the Android Google Play store has been found falling short in protecting its users, failing to preventing bogus apps from clearly unverified developers from being distributed via official channels.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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