The company faces a daily fine of more than £5,000 if it does not remove the gossip-sharing app from its Brazil digital store.
A court in Brazil has ordered Apple to pay a fine of almost $9,000 (£5,400) per day if it does not remove a controversial app from its store.
Secret was designed to anonymously share gossip between friends, but it has also been abused by people posting libellous and bullying claims.
Now Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho of the Fifth Civil Court of Victoria has given Apple 10 days to comply with an order to remove the app from its digital store in the country.
If it fails to act, the company will be fined 20,000 Reals every day, according to Brazil news outlet Estadao.
Apple has also been asked to remove the app from individual devices.
Both requests are feasible – it is relatively simple to remove an app from the store, and it is technically possible to block software installed on iPhones and iPads, although it is usually used as a last resort.
The same court has also ordered Microsoft to pull Cryptic – which is the equivalent Windows Phone app.
Brazil’s constitution outlaws anonymous attacks where the subject of the claims cannot defend themselves.
Using a simple wire to measure the electrical potential of a computer can be enough to crack encryption codes, it is claimed.
A modern-day version of safecracking could let hackers compromise computer security with their bare hands.
A computer expert from Tel Aviv University says that with enough technical know-how, simply touching a laptop can be enough to extract the cryptographic keys used to secure the data stored on it.
It is possible because the electrical potential in computers fluctuates according to what is being performed by their processors.
Security expert Eran Tromer says the potential leaked through any exposed metal on a laptop can be enough to determine the keys stored within.
By attaching a wire to a hand then touching a metal area of a laptop during decryption of a folder or email, for instance, the encryption keys can be analysed elsewhere and determined.
Mr Tromer – who demonstrated the technique at a cryptography conference in California this week – says his team has used the method to crack several widely used security standards.
Previous research efforts have found that analysing the power consumption of a computer can reveal cryptographic keys.
The solution could be writing separate code on top of existing code to mask the activity going on inside a computer.
Delaware becomes first U.S. state to allow heirs of dead people to access social media and emails
Delaware has become the first U.S. state to legally allow people to inherit their dead relatives’ online accounts, including Facebook and iTunes.
Under the new law digital property will be treated in exactly the same way as physical property after somebody passes away, meaning it can be passed on to others in a will.
At the moment the terms and conditions of websites such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon mean that control of an account cannot always be passed on to someone else.
It is legal to pass on laptops, tablets or phones with data such as iTunes tracks loaded on to them.
However, if the device breaks or the new owner wants to transfer the files to a different device, they may encounter problems.
For example, Facebook’s terms and conditions forbids users from sharing their password or transferring the account to another person without written permission from the company.
Under the new law, relatives of the deceased will be given access to all of their online information including emails, social network accounts, online banking, shopping, web hosting and domain name management accounts.