Apple just shot down an app that could detect iPhone malware

By , May 16, 2016

System and Security Info screenshots

Stefan Esser’s iPhone app, called System and Security Info, can no longer be downloaded from the App Store, as first noted by The Next Web. Esser’s software let iPhone users know if their device had malware that could be used to spy on them, and could detect a jailbreak, too.

The app was removed from the App Store earlier this morning. Esser was basically told that detecting weaknesses in a user’s device could lead to “potentially inaccurate and misleading diagnostic functionality for iOS devices.”

Needless to say, the developer isn’t all too pleased with the decision, calling it “selective punishment” on Apple’s part.

“The fact our app was pulled is selective punishment,” he said in a tweet. “They let hundreds of system monitor tools in the store some obviously using private API”.

For the time being, Esser has no plans to work around Apple’s restrictions by making a jailbroken version of the app.

As we previously reported, in addition to providing standard system information like so many similar apps on the App Store—stuff like including CPU usage, memory allocation and storage utilization—Esser’s software came with a twist: a built-in anomaly detection tool which helped jailbroken users detect malicious apps on their device that could be potentially used to spy on them.

Source: The Next Web

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  • malhal

    They rejected my app Protect My Privacy for exact same reason

    • Digitalfeind

      Curious as to what your app would do.

  • nyangejr

    This was a paid app.
    Are we getting a refund, or?

    • Once you bought an app, you can redownload it even after it was pulled from the app store. Just tap on updates -> purchased . You’ll find the app there

      • Digitalfeind

        Sometimes they completely remove it even from the purchases tab.

      • TechToch

        No it doesn’t I still have flappy bird in my account Lol

      • Elias Chao

        I was keeping the .ipa on my Mac until yesterday, when I realised it’s still on my purchases list.

      • Gary LE

        What if gou saved it to itunes then load it into your ios device?

  • Feivl

    I would definitely buy this app. Please go Cydia Essen!

  • Digitalfeind

    I now have to pirate this from AppCake. Sorry but the time it took me to get an iTunes gift card the app was already pulled. I do not keep my credit card info on iTunes.

    Doesn’t Esser’s comments about this violate Apple’s ToS??

  • Barry Marshall

    Apple should be releasing this since they seem so hell bent on protecting people privacy. Sell the app to them for a good chance of change.

  • Linton Findlay

    garbage app anyway, literally provided no new information

  • When you’re in someone else’s house, you have to play by their rules. If you don’t like that, then you are free to leave their house. I know some people aren’t going to accept this, but it’s a fact of life. Would you want someone violating your rules while they’re under your roof?

    • Bailey

      Or you could just break in! *da dum tiss*

      I’m so sorry

  • TJ

    I like Apple but any app thats to good to be true… I buy it right away like with that screen recording app they pulled a few month ago. Apple hates anything that is cool or useful that they didn’t implement into iOS them selves…

  • iByron

    Don’t we have the ability to sideload apps now?

    • Elias Chao

      Until a couple weeks ago it was cool to sideload apps, because you wouldn’t need to re compile it very often (used to be every 90 days iirc), but Apple reduced the free account provisioning profiles to 7 days.

      • iByron

        Ahhh. Okay. I’d only done it once, and didn’t like the app I did it with so I lost touch with how it’s done. Thanks!

  • Wraith

    Well finally someone gambles to i0nic … I remember him making fun with his jailbreak tool that never released to the public , maybe this time he will release a tool to jailbreak our iPhone and so to get his application through Cydia lol .