Trend Micro says sorry after apps grabbed Mac browser history

A bunch of Mac App Store apps are secretly uploading user data to their servers

No.1 Adware Removal App On Apple App Store Caught Spying On Mac Users

While neither Apple nor Trend has responded to a request for comment on the matter, the removals are nearly certainly a response to reports in recent days that the products appeared to covertly collect and upload private user data. At the time, Dr. Unarchiver was the 12th most popular free app in the US Mac App Store, 9to5Mac reported. It was listed alongside other apps including Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X.

It was then he discovered that the app creates a password-protected archive called, which it then uploads to a server which he claims to be based in China. It does this by disguising its access request as a malware scan. This well-known security app from macOS was caught scouring the browser history and stealing it. "And people have even been convicted based largely on their internet searches!"

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"From a security and privacy point of view, one of the main benefits of installing applications from the official Mac App Store is that such applications are sandboxed", Wardle blogged. "This was a one-time data collection, done for security purposes (to analyze whether a user had recently encountered adware or other threats, and thus to improve the product & service)". Developers that use these or similar surreptitious behaviors will have their apps removed from the App Store.

According to security researcher Patrick Wardle, Adware Doctor, the top paid utility in the Mac App Store, has allegedly been sending the collected data to a server in China. The apps offered by this developer includes Dr. Unarchiver, Dr.

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He noted that since Adware Doctor is given universal access by users when it is first run, it is able to access running processes on the Mac by simply working around obstacles that Apple has set in place for security.

New privacy policy comes into force on October 3, requiring developers to detail how they collect and use data. However, Apple seems to have failed to do its job properly here. I've been saying this for several years now, as we've been detecting junk software in the App Store for nearly as long as I've been at Malwarebytes.

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According to a news report published on September 7, the "Adware Doctor" app is actually spyware that transmits your browsing history to servers in China.

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