Apple blocks €1.4 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions on the App Store

MADRID, June 2 (Portaltic/EP) –

Apple has blocked nearly 1,500 million dollars (about 1,400 million euros) of potentially fraudulent transactions in 2021 within the work it deploys in its app store for protect users from malicious or illicit activity.

Apple uses several tool to detect illicit behavior, since AppReview, that mixes automatic detection systems with a team of human reviewers to identify applications with potential problems or that may violate the rules of the digital store, up to Discovery Fraud, to identify potential app, account, and even review fraud.

App Review, and especially the manual review process that workers do, “serves as a critical line of defense to help protect users from bad actors,” the company highlights in a statement, where it collects the latest results of your annual fraud analysis for the past year.

This tool has allowed “reject or remove” in 2021 more than 835,000 new applications for presenting problems and 805,000 application updates. They were also rejected more than 34,500 ‘apps’ for having “hidden or undocumented features” and another 157,000 for being spam, copying or displaying misleading behavior towards users.

The report data shows that the platform denied the publication in the App Store to more than 343,000 applications for asking users for more data than was necessary for its funtionability.

When it comes to fraudulent activity, Apple has acted on accounts, reviews, and transfers. In the latter case, its anti-fraud tool, which also combines automated systems with human reviews, prevented more than 3.3 million stolen cards from being used to make purchases and nearly 600,000 accounts were banned from further transactions.

The company stresses that it protected users from nearly $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2021. An effort that accompanied the cancellation of more than 802,000 developer accounts and another 153,000 registrations due to “fraud concerns”, two actions that prevented new fraudulent ‘apps’ in the digital store.

In the case of customer accounts, deactivated more than 170 million of them for “being associated with fraudulent and abusive activities”, and stopped more than 118 million account creation attempts “because they showed patterns consistent with fraudulent and abusive activities”.

This fraudulent activity has also been detected in ratings and reviews. Apple points out that last year its tools processed more than a billion of these elements, which allowed detect and block over 94 million reviews and over 170 million ratings so that they were not published for not complying with the moderation standards.

610,000 reviews that had already been published were also removed due to comments shared by users and additional human evaluation.

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