Software pirates hijack iOS apps and distribute them for free

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iOS apps such as Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go and Minecraft, have been modified by and distributed by software hackers, making them free for some customers. 

According to Reuters, illicit software distributors had figured out how to hand out usually-paid-for apps to users, using the method that allows some businesses to provide software to their employees. 

Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, the ‘software pirates’ (TutuApp, AppValley, TweakBox and Panda Helper) are providing modified versions of popular apps to consumers, allowing them to stream music without ads, and avoid paying for content on gaming apps. 

Only a few days after Apple banned these mischievous developers, they were back operating under different certificates.

Apple confirmed that they will introduce two-factor authentication for developer accounts by the end of this month in a bid to reduce certificate misuse.