Popular Mac App Store Utilities Caught Siphoning User Data

Popular Mac App Store Utilities Caught Siphoning User Data

Popular Mac App Store Utilities Caught Siphoning User Data

Last week, Adware Doctor - the most popular paid utility app - was also deleted from the App Store after it was discovered that the app was sending user data to China.

Wardle said Adware Doctor was caught out abusing AppleScript in 2016, when the application tried to elevate its system privileges.

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro has apologized after its Mac apps were found collecting browser histories from people's computers.

Recently, Apple's App Store has removed several apps developed by Trend Micro, including Dr. The average user would not see this as out of place but it is how the app is able to gain access to their system and share their data with the developer without their knowledge.

Later this weekend, it was also revealed that Adware Doctor, an app that ironically pledges to protect Apple Mac users from privacy threats, is collecting information from users' browsing histories and storing it on their own server, located in China.

Researchers Patrick Wardle and Thomas Reed, who both looked into Adware Doctor's behavior, believe it's a huge privacy issue.

A statement issued to media from Trend Micro, one of the world's largest security vendors, says the company is looking into the reports that its apps are exfiltrating user data. Readers must note that in Apple's Top Paid App List, this app was a top grossing application sitting at fifth spot. Once Apple was informed of this, the developer simply changed the name to Adware Doctor.

Apple has a strict vetting process for apps that are allowed to be featured on its App Store.

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But in this case, users had an entire day's worth of their browsing history sent to Trend Micro's server. Dr. Unarchiver and Dr.

"Trend Micro is aware of a recent scrutiny of some of our consumer applications, including our Dr".

"The results confirm that Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Battery, and Duplicate Finder collected and uploaded a small snapshot of the browser history on a one-time basis, covering the 24 hours prior to installation".

We apologize to our community for concern they might have felt and can reassure all that their data is safe and at no point was compromised.

The app was not free on the App Store and came with a price tag of $5. Mashable has asked Apple for a comment concerning its lack of oversight in approving the application, but Apple has not yet responded.

The apps have now been removed from the Mac App Store, but if you have previously installed these apps, you should uninstall them straight away.

And Reed said it's best to not trust certain apps in the Mac App Store.

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