A fake app that was masquerading as password manager LastPass on the App Store has been removed, whether by Apple or the fake app’s developer is yet unclear — Apple has not commented. The app that is illegitimate detailed under a person creator’s title (Parvati Patel) and copied LastPass’s branding and graphical user interface so as to confuse people. The fake app also had various misspellings and clues that indicated its fraudulent nature, LastPass said beyond being published by a different developer that was not LastPass

. That such an obviously fake app got through Apple’s App Review process is a bad look for the tech giant, which has been arguing against new regulations, like the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), by claiming these laws would compromise customer safety and privacy.

Apple said that the DMA, which allows for third-party app stores and payments, could put consumers at risk because they’ll be able to conduct business outside unknown parties to its App Store. Bad stars may potentially utilize regulation that is new trick consumers into buying subscriptions that are difficult to cancel. They could even target consumers with malware, Apple had warned.Apple wroteWhen introducing its plan for DMA compliance,

, “The new options for processing payments and downloading apps on iOS open new avenues for malware, fraud and scams, illicit and harmful content, and other privacy and security threats.”

But in this case, the threat to consumers was coming from within the App Store itself — not a website that is third-partyImage Credits:

App Store screenshot, thanks to Appfigures

Still, what size of a threat the app that is fake was remains uncertain.AppfiguresAccording The fake app was released on January 21st, which gave it a couple of weeks to capture users’ attention to data from app intelligence provider. But consumers that are several to have caught on that the app was not legit, as all of its App Store reviews were warnings to others that the app was fraudulent, the firm noted.

The fake app also leveraged the keyword “LastPass” to rank in the search results for the term, but this didn’t get it very far — it only ranked No. 7 in the search results as early today, Appfigures said.

In addition, the app never ranked on any of Apple’s Top Charts, either its Free that is overall Apps or those by group, Appfigures stated. That insufficient grip suggests that the software probably saw just a small number of packages before becoming pulled.

Even though the software most likely didn’t find a way to dupe consumers that are many it could have. What’s more, it’s upsetting to learn that LastPass had to warn customers publicly about a fake app that never should have been published in the place that is first. And following its article ended up being posted, the software performedn’t get taken from the App shop before the day that is following

In all likelihood, Apple took action against the app by pulling it down from the App Store after press reports. Apple has been asked for comment, but one was not immediately provided.

LastPass told For Millionaires it was in touch with Apple representatives over the matter, including how the app got through App Review.

“Upon seeing the‘LassPass that is fake app into the Apple App shop, LastPass instantly started a coordinated and multi-faceted strategy across our threat intelligence, appropriate and manufacturing groups to obtain the deceptive software removed,” said Christofer Hoff, Chief safe tech Officer for LastPass, in a statement offered to For Millionaires. “Our threat intelligence group published a blog yesterday to increase understanding which help inform the general public and our consumers associated with scenario. We’re in direct experience of associates from Apple, and they’ve got verified bill of your grievances, and then we work through the method to really have the app that is fraudulent.”

Hoff added that the company is working with Apple to “understand more broadly how an application like this passed their normally security that is rigorous brand name defense systems. The naming convention, the iconography, in addition to information associated with app that is fraudulent all heavily lent from LastPass, and also this is apparently a deliberate try to target LastPass users,” he said.

Updated, 2/8/24, 2:30 PM ET with LastPass opinion(*)