warning is a hoax according to security software experts at Sophos, who
called the scare "bogus" in a
February 25, 2013 article.
The Sophos article said that in 2013, the bogus warning was "spreading
across Facebook, telling parents of young children to watch out for a
rogue iPhone/iPad app that (the warning claims) steals children's names,
details of where they go to school, and even takes secret pictures of
This hoax was brought to light in 2013 but not many such warnings stay
dead long. One year later it has risen from the ashes and people
are posting all over Facebook.
Sophos did suggest that parents play
close attention to the Internet activity of their children saying, "it's
always a good idea to keep a close eye on what children are doing on the
internet - in case they get themselves into a spot of bother."