A man recently lost almost all of his savings after being trapped by a fake version of the Trezor cryptocurrency app. The user wanted to see the amount of his bitcoin holdings.
Although present on the official App Store, the tool was in fact designed by hackers, reports the Washington Post. The logo was the same and the app had rave reviews on Apple’s store.
Once the application was installed on his smartphone, the man entered his identifiers. The content of his account then immediately disappeared. The cybercriminals behind the scam stole 17.1 Bitcoins from him, or around 511,000 euros at the time of the facts.
The sum would be worth this Thursday morning more than 864,000 euros. The man considers Apple responsible for his mishap. The company describes the App Store as “the world’s most secure market for apps”. The user accuses the Apple brand of having “betrayed his trust” and considers that she “did not deserve to get away with it so cheaply”.
No official Trezor app
Apple prides itself on offering its customers an experience protected by “extremely present moderation”, funded by the 15 to 30% commission that Apple takes on all transactions made on the Apple Store. The company also ensured that it checked every app available on its platform.
Trezor is actually not available as a mobile app. A fake app from the Czech cryptocurrency specialist however appeared on the Google Play Store in December 2020 and on the App Store in January.
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