Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Google yanks sketchy iMessage clone for Android from app store

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 25, 2013
People who probed the app's innards suspected it was harvesting Apple ID credentials.

Commenters on Freeman's Google+ page, where he also discussed iMessage Chat, pointed out the danger of trusting a third-party app with an Apple ID. "Seems to be a quick way to get pwnd in some way or another," said Hugo Visser, a Dutch developer of Android apps.

Commenters also noted that the China-based server was running SQL Server, which was accessible from the Internet, posing yet another threat to anyone who used iMessage Chat. Even if the developer was on the up-and-up, and wasn't harvesting Apple IDs, the server could be hacked by others, who would then be able to sweep up the credentials.

Someone who identified themselves as "Hu LuWa" — the name used for the developer's website, according to Google Play — dropped in on Freeman's Google+ page to post one comment, but did not answer any of the several questions others posed.

The developer's website — — was offline Tuesday. A message left on a Google+ page assigned to Hu LuWa was not returned.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed the company had pulled the app. "We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies," she wrote in an email reply to questions.


Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.