Apple has removed an app it unwittingly hosted in the App Store that cheated Facebook advertisers and allowed hackers to use advertisers’ ad budgets to run potentially malicious ads on Facebook’s platforms, Business Insider reports.

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The app previously ranked high in the ‌App Store‌ when searching for “Facebook Ads Manager,” the app used by advertisers to control their presence and ads they run on the Facebook platform. The app presented itself as the legitimate ad manager for Facebook, but was actually a backdoor that allowed hackers to access an account. An employee in an advertising agency said so Insider they were locked out of their account within just 10 minutes of downloading and logging into the app from Apple’s ‌App Store‌.

Apple said the app was originally submitted to the ‌App Store‌ as a simple document manager with no ties or functionality to the Facebook platform. Apple claimed in a statement to Insider that the app became malicious after it was approved for the company’s platform. Facebook reported the app to Apple in mid-July, but only after Insiders request for comment to the Cupertino tech giant, the app was removed from the platform.

Apple proudly declares that the ‌App Store‌ is “a safe and trusted place to discover and download apps,” with apps held to the “highest standards of privacy, security and content.” Apple screens all apps before they are presented for download in the ‌App Store‌. According to the company, over 250,000 apps were rejected for the ‌App Store‌ last year for violating privacy guidelines, with an even larger 1 million apps rejected for potentially harmful and unsafe content.

Despite Apple’s efforts, fraudulent apps have remained a problem for the platform. A study last year found that 2% of the top 1000 paid apps in the ‌App Store‌ at the time were scam apps, with those apps reportedly earning over $1 million in revenue. In a separate case, a fake bitcoin app cheated itself out of winning over $610,000 after being on Apple’s platform.

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