Dozens of Adult Content and Gambling Apps Found Abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate Program

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following last month's revelations that Facebook and Google were using Apple's enterprise developer program to bypass the App Store and collect analytics from participating users, TechCrunch now reports that dozens of pornography and gambling apps are abusing the program as well.


    TechCrunch's Josh Constine:
    The report notes that the problem starts with Apple's lax standards for accepting businesses into its enterprise program, which is solely intended for companies to allow employees to side-load apps for internal use.
    Legitimate enterprise certificates are reportedly passed around on the black market too, particularly in China, and then used for prohibited purposes.

    Apple did not explain how these apps slipped under the radar, whether it conducts routine compliance audits on developers in the program, or if it plans to change its enrollment process. Apple did issue a statement to TechCrunch noting that any developers who abuse the program will be immediately terminated:
    Apple has apparently disabled some of the pornography and gambling apps over the past few days, but the report concludes that Apple should more tightly enforce its program to ensure it is not being used inappropriately.

    Pornography and gambling apps involving real money are not allowed on the App Store.

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  2. Frign macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    Boss Room is by far my favourite iOS app. I've beaten little Timmy very often there and got the money back I (regrettedly) spent on my trashcan Mac Pro.
  3. Greymacuser macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2012
    That's ok. Apple abuses its customers and app creators all the time.
  4. alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017
    the only way can distribute ipa legally.That why apple need to follow like google does.If pressed verify then can install and apple have no obligation to repair the phone if something wrong.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 12, 2019 at 9:17 AM ---
    ask to paid 99 dollar per year while development cost pretty step. I would said -profit if i develop in IOS.
  5. AngerDanger, Feb 12, 2019 at 9:17 AM
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Ah, I’m guessing this is what you write about when the boss walks in on you having some personal time in your office. Well, played, Josh.

    What are you downloading?!”

    “It’s… IT’S FOR AN ARTICLE!”
  6. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    And do the apps not pay Apple 30% when they do it this way? (I'm thinking NO).
  7. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


  8. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    Absolutely not. Apple does not review the apps, has no way to know who they are distributed to, or how many copies you distribute. It’s intended for things like internal apps at companies.
  9. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Or Apple could just allow everything that is legal in the country that the app is sold in. Simple, elegant, non-discriminatory.

    Of course you are worried about the Apple brand, or the children. That is simple too. Make an adult flag that prohibits download and install unless explicitly authorized by a credit card holder. Charge $1 to authorize and Apple can even profit from the feature. Make the feature show up on the credit card invoice as "Adult Content".

    But no, to do that Apple would have to remove its conceit and start to respect user's choices.

    Again simple solutions exist, but are not wanted. Apple is and always will be your nanny, unless people stand up and complain.
  10. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    Apple needs to simply let go of the idea of controlling adult content and move on.
  11. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I’m happy that apple restricts app content. A lot less to worry about as a parent, a lot less junk to filter through to get to decent apps, and the issue of “legal in the country” doesn’t work - things may be legal in one town and not legal in the next town over. It’s not a country-by-country thing. When I need an app that the App Store won’t allow (or which the economics of the App Store prevent from happening), I just write it myself.

    If I wanted unrestricted app choices I’d switch to Android.
  12. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    I am shocked –shocked– to find that gambling is going on in here!
  13. jarman92 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2014
    It isn't a question of adult content...these companies are flagrantly violating the terms they agreed to.

    And while I think Apple goes a bit overboard with the anti-adult content, I don't blame them for not wanting this garbage cluttering up their App Store. Anyone with an iPhone can go to any website they want, and most porn sites work perfectly fine in mobile Safari. And most online gambling is illegal anyway, so those would never be allowed in the store.
  14. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    Privacy on the iPhone only exists if the 3rd party devs are honest and follow the store rules. Apple doesn't look at the source code of submitted apps.
  15. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Two camps

    1) kudos to Apple for cracking down

    2) Are they just now waking up from their slumber?
  16. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Steve was right. Nobody needs apps on their phone except those from the vendor. Time to shutdown the app store once and for all.
  17. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    From the TechCrunch article, these companies are making the apps available for download at their web sites, and completely bypassing the App Store. So Apple would have no way of getting any revenue from this.

  18. sentiblue macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    Silicon Valley
    That's a stunning shock when I realize details about the enterprise cert program!!!

    What shocks me most is the $299 fee. With enterprise programs I'd imagine they charge in the 10s of thousands of dollars. In fact, they should start charging that mount now. For REAL enterprise developers, 50K is still a very manageable amount. That will weed out all of the scammers.
  19. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    Not every enterprise is a fortune 500 company, Lots of smaller companies use customized software solutions.
  20. Alan Wynn macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2017
    Your winnings, sir.
  21. jjhny macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2005
    I try to avoid anything that is a waste-of-money - online gambling, in-app purchases are mostly just wastes of money. I just feel bad for people who can't spare the money getting their credit card bills each month and realizing they are just getting deeper into debt. All these companies are desperate to make you subscribe, buy, got locked into renewals, etc. in such a way that it is death by a thousand cuts. All of those little amounts add up to poverty for most.
  22. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    What’s the difference, really, between having $20 in your account or $0? You’re still poor either way.

    Yet with $20 you could play the horses, lob the lot on Glue Factory with 56/1 odds and pay off your overdraft!

    Come on beauty, don’t let me down. Baby needs a new pair of shoes.
  23. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    That's some good active parenting there.
  24. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    Was waiting for these shoes to drop.

    Still some more: (this thing's a well-shod octopus!)

    - crypto-currency apps

    - "beta test crowdsourcing" apps (where "developers" pay "testers" to "test") Or simply use to distribute their non-compliant app outside of the App Store to "testers"

    I think Apple will look the other way for the cases where e.g. Office Sleepo has an app to allow companies like PencilCo to see their sales numbers. (Or, rather, I think Apple may broaden the program to encompass those reasonable types of uses, which technically are not currently allowed.)
  25. Bin Cook macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2018
    Apple well in front of the UK on this. We will be not allowed to look at consenting adults fornicate on the web later this year because we have a Christian fundamentalist Prime Minister who believes masturbating gives you hairy hands and that you’ll go to hell.

    Perhaps Apple has a few too many religious but jobs acting as moral arbiters too?

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