A fake LastPass developer wizarded their way onto the App Store – but things could actually be far worse

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People worry, and I know I’ve written about how Apple allowing side-loaded apps, as it’s about to do in Europe with iOS 17.4, could lead to dangerous malware-filled apps arriving on your best iPhone. But it turns out that Apple’s ironclad App Store checks and balances aren’t entirely perfect either.

Earlier this week we learned from the popular password management system LastPass that there was a fraudulent app impersonating its own app in Apple’s App Store. The developer, listed as Harry Potter character Parvati Patel, wasn’t exactly subtle. A search for ‘Lastpass Password Manager’ would return, along with the legitimate app, Patel’s app with a logo that, while different, could easily be mistaken for LatPass’s real one. It also used a collection of screenshots that looked a lot like LastPass’s mobile password management system.



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A fake LastPass developer wizarded their way onto the App Store – but things could actually be far worse

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