Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Apple has removed a popular Mac app after it was found to be stealing users' data.

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

Sandboxing prevents apps from accessing data on a user's hard drive, such as any software they've downloaded, as well as their browser history.

The apps in question were collecting users browser history and sending files, including user passwords, in a ZIP archive to a remote server.

The Japanese multinational firm initially said these charges were "absolutely false", but admitted in the same statement that a number of apps were indeed uploading browser histories as Apple had claimed. "Cleaner". Both are created by a developer called "Trend Micro, Inc" and appear relatively high up in the lists of top apps in the Mac App Store charts.

Macs have a reputation for having better security than Windows machines, mainly thanks to the Mac App Store, and Apple's supposedly stringent rules for allowing apps to be included there.

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Adware Doctor was the fourth most popular program in Apple's App Store, and purported to remove common adware threats targeting macOS users.Security vendor Malwarebytes said it had complained about Adware Doctor and the preceding, identical app, Adware Medic, since 2015.

The security breaches were reported by researchers Thomas Reed in Malwarebytes Labs, Patrick Wardle of Objective-See and @privacyis1st.

Now it seems Apple has pulled the app.

"Adware Doctor" has since been removed from the official app store.

Apple pressured Facebook into removing the app, according to reports.

User privacy and user data has been very vulnerable in recent times, and more often than not some of the third-party apps steal user's data because of loopholes in the app stores or "permission policies".

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Apart from the app sending users' browsing history to a China-based server, it equally penetrates the iTunes history of users and other apps. Among the dubious apps include Dr. Unarchiver and Dr.

The company says it has updated the apps and they have deleted the logs from those apps including users browsing history.

He discovered that the app was promoting the Trend Micro Antivirus product in the store, with no apparent connection.

Trend Micro is an anti-malware and security company who has several security products across platforms.

"We apologise to our community for concern they might have felt and can reassure all that their data is safe and at no point was compromised". Apple has not made a public statement, and it did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post. On technicality, the EULAs for these apps did disclose this behavior.

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