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Someone stole my iOs app, any defense against that?

Discussion in 'iOS and tvOS' started by Suduckgames, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Suduckgames

    Suduckgames

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    Hi, my game in the Apple Store got ripped off and sold with a different name ( but it is the exact same game, with the same code, they just removed my logo from the app) , I already contacted apple to try to resolve the issue,

    My question is, Is anyway to prevent this? in android you have ProGuard to make it difficult,
     
  2. Johannski

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    Hm, very interesting! Do you know how they did it? I thought it is quite hard to pull off. The company you linked to also has a (paid) version for iOS https://www.guardsquare.com/en/ixguard. Didn't use anything from them, so I can't really tell if that will help you.
     
  3. Suduckgames

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    Thank you very much for your suggestion! I will take a look, I have no idea how they do it however, I supposed that maybe with a iOs device ( with jail break)that can get the ipa, then reverse engineer and maybe a framework that inject their ads instead of mine, but just a supposition
     
  4. _Daniel_

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    I've never heard of that happening before on iOS. Do you think your computer got hacked and they stole the Unity project?
     
  5. Suduckgames

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    No, i don't think so, It seems like they stole the .IPA ( from apple store) and just removed my in-game logo and injected their ads solution,

    They also coppied my game page ( including photos and description)
     
  6. Johannski

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    Could it be, that they somehow managed to log into your apple account? I did a bit of research and decompiling a downloaded app on iOS is quite hard / not worth doing if the app is not crazy popular.
     
  7. Suduckgames

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    I don't think so ( but you can never be 100% secure) anyways, I think that even if you enter in the apple account, you can't download your compilation
     
  8. Johannski

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    Oh yeah, you're right, I thought they might have a download button there. Wow, that really sucks! Did apple respond to your request?
     
  9. Suduckgames

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    Still waiting for answer from apple