Anti-adware No. 1 from the Mac App Store, steals user data

A popular application that is part of a top list of the Mac App Store, suspected of stealing history of users ‘ browsers.

However, the Adware Doctor occupies the first place in the list of paid apps. Apple was warned about this a few weeks ago, but did nothing.

Apple’s approach to security Mac and iPhone based almost entirely on the inability to install programs not from the market. Any application that does not meet company security policy, and sometimes moral criteria, may not be admitted in the App Store.

Adware Doctor for $ 4.99 promises to “protect your Mac, get rid of annoying pop-UPS and detect and remove threats”. But the application is silent on stealing browser history and sending it to servers in China.

Thanks to a video posted last month on YouTube, and using security Malwarebytes became aware of the pitfalls of the application.

Chief scientific officer of cybersecurity USA Patrick Wardle found that the program was able to circumvent the security features of Apple.

He said that due to the incorrect checking app might request access to a user’s home directory and its files.

“This is not unusual, because the tools that are sold as anti-virus or anti-adware, request access to user’s files to find problems. When the user allows access, the application can find and clean adware,” said Wardle.

After collecting the data archive is sent to the domain are located in China.

Apple has not commented on the situation.

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Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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