Cyber Security experts are concerned about the fall of the Supreme Court, allowing customers to suck Apple over the App Store prices, claiming that more unsecured apps could be sold to consumers.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of iPhone users could continue with their complaint against Apple, claiming that the company's monopoly on downloading apps from the App Store is driving up prices.
The case will now work its way through the lower courts, but it is the potential that Apple could be forced to let users download apps from third-party groups and not just the App Store.
Experts warn that scenario can lead to a higher degree of malicious software infections from apps for Apple's IOS devices.
Cyber experts see this issue on Android phones, and users can already download apps from third-party sources, resulting in a much higher amount of malware in Android phones than on iOS phones.
Renaud Deraison, co-founder and chief technology officer of the cyber exposure company Tenable, told The Hill that Apple's current "rigid" review process for apps on the App Store has minimized the amount of malware that iOS users can download.
"Although Apple's review process may seem restrictive and arbitrary in some cases, it is one of the most stringent in the industry. It also helps keep users safe," Deraison said.
"If Apple was mandated to allow third-party app stores to exist, the likelihood of malicious software would be high, as we have seen on multi-storey platforms. That level of autonomy is definitely not in the best interest of customers." did not respond to a request for comment on this story, but the company stated a statement by the Supreme Court ruling that defended its App Store practices and denied that it was a monopoly.
"We are proud to have created the safest, safest and most reliable platform for customers and a great business opportunity for all developers worldwide," the company said.
The high-profile battle for its App Store has pit Apple against developers and consumers over the company's 30 percent commission on apps sold. But the unintended online consequences have received little attention.
JT Keating, vice president of product strategy at the mobile security company Zimperium, compared the Supreme Court's decision to a "Rubik's Cube", with consumer choice on the one hand and the security of apps on the other.
Keating noted that Apple has prevented many malware infections on its devices by displaying both the developers of an app and the app itself, while Google only examines the security of the apps.
"On Android, it has always been an open ecosystem, it has been very easy to get to third-party app stores," says Keating. "The vast majority of malicious software comes from these uncontrolled app stores … if Apple is forced to open up the opportunity for people to go anywhere they want, it will most likely mirror the results we have on the Android page. "[1
Jeff Greene, Global Security Vice President of the Cyber Group Symantec, agreed with the lack of app security on Android devices and the potential for higher prices for malicious software infections on iOS devices if Apple loses the case. 19659002] "The Google Play store is pretty well cured, but even where you look more, if it's a really malicious app, you'll see more of it than the Apple Store," said Greene The Hill. "Having a well cured App Store has been effective in maintaining a fairly high level of security."
In a report published in 2017, Symantec found that Android devices have surpassed iOS devices for reported mobile vulnerabilities. However, the report also noted that the amount of malicious attacks on mobile devices had generally increased.
If Apple is forced to let its users download third-party apps, cyber experts said there are options to ensure the security of users. devices.
But that will also mean Apple is taking new precautions.
"The greatest thing they have to do is make sure there are no vulnerabilities," Greene said. "They need to make sure the operating system is as secure as possible and there are security tools available for iOS devices."
Google immediately uses its "Play Protect" service to secure over 2 billion users daily. The program, which is a built-in malware protection software for Android devices, is described by Google as "always improved in real-time" through machine learning algorithms.
Keating praised this system and said that Apple should look to come up with something similar.
"They'll come up with some more systematic approaches to evaluate their entire ecosystem, similar to what Google does," Keating said.
"They have a proactive service to bet apps" Keating added.
"Apple must throw a bigger net in terms of their ability to do so."