Fake LastPass app slipped past Apple's review team

Posted by Julie Clover

Popular password management app LastPass is warning customers about a scam app that is using a similar name and icon to try to trick LastPass customers into using the fake app instead of the real app (via Bleeping Computer).

The “LassPass Password Manager” app was somehow approved by the Apple App Store review team, even though it appears to be clearly mimics the LastPass app. It doesn't use exactly the same icon and is missing a letter in its name, but the similarities may confuse some LastPass users.

It's unclear whether the fake LassPass app is trying to steal login information from users. but it has options for adding passwords, email accounts, addresses, bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards, and more. It does not require any LastPass login, but it is possible that the developer will be able to see information added to the app.

There is also a “PRO” upgrade that costs $1.99 per month. or $9.99. per year or $49.99 for a “lifetime” subscription, so the purpose of the app could be to collect subscription money from customers. Either way, LastPass users should be aware of the fake app and avoid it. At best, its goal is to steal money, and at worst, to steal passwords and credit card information.

Clone apps often end up in the ‌App Store‌, but an app posing as LastPass is especially dangerous. is a concern because he may gain access to sensitive information. It's unclear how an app that imitates one of the most popular password management apps was approved by Apple, and its unveiling comes at a critical time for the company.

Apple promotes safety and security ‌App Store‌ as it prepares to allow alternative app markets in the European Union and allow the use of a fake password management app on the ‌App Store‌ doesn't look very pretty.

LastPass contacted Apple to request that the clone app be removed from the ‌App Store‌, and it was removed around 11:00 a.m. PT on February 8.
Apple removed the fraudulent LassPass app because it violated the ‌App Store‌ rule prohibiting copycat applications. The developer has also been removed from the Apple Developer Program and will not be able to submit new apps.

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