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Tumblr Blacklisted from Apple App Store for 'Child Sexual Exploitation'

25 November, 2018, 15:16 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Tumblr App Has Inexplicably Disappeared From Apple's App Store

Lukas later tweeted the details of the 13 Android applications that basically duped the app users into downloading malware hidden in the app itself. "The apps violated our policies and have been removed from the Play Store".

The hyper-popular social network Tumblr is now not being listed on the Apple App Store, after the tech giant discovered that Tumblr had failed to filter out sexual images of children on it's mobile app.

Tumblr went missing from Apple's app store over the weekend, leaving users with a lot of unanswered questions.

It seems like Google's crackdown on developers and refining the Play Store was only a drop in the bucket; the problem seems much bigger than anticipated.

Combined, the apps surpassed 580,000 installs before Google pulled the plug.

Last year, Google removed 700,000 malicious apps from the Google Play Store.

Maybe it's time for Google to follow Apple's example and adopt more stringent security measures. Until that happens, Android users will probably need to be more suspicious of apps offered from unknown developers.

Since distribution of child pornography is a criminal matter, it explains why this app was removed as swiftly as it was.

And yet - clearly - that isn't enough. TechCrunch noted that the malware granted the attacker full access to its Android host device's network traffic, which can be used to steal data.

According to VirusTotal, currently, the following nine malware scanners are able to detect the malicious APK and should be able to quarantine or remove it entirely: AegisLab, Cyren, ESET-NOD32, Fortinet, Kaspersky, McAfee, McAfee-GW-Edition, Symantec Mobile Insight, and ZoneAlarm. The payload domain was registered to an app developer in Istanbul, and surreptitiously installed malware while deleting the app's icon in the process to make it more hard to spot.

We reached out to the Istanbul-based domain owner, Mert Ozek, but he did not respond to our email. "We really appreciate your patience as we figure this out, and we'll update this article when we have news to share", Tumblr said.

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