Posted by: David Harley | September 18, 2018

Flushing the Mac App store

Two instances of app removal from the Mac App Store. The first concerns a legitimate security vendor, but some of its tools have been removed after it was noted that they seemed to be collecting more data than they should have been.

Shaun Nichols for The Register: Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple’s Mac App Store after spewing fans’ browser histories – “While neither Apple nor Trend has responded to a request for comment on the matter, the removals are almost certainly a response to reports in recent days that the products appeared to covertly collect and upload private user data.”

Patrick Wardle: A Deceitful ‘Doctor’ in the Mac App Store – “a massively popular app, surreptitiously steals your browsing history”

Tomáš Foltýn for ESET: Apple yanks top grossing app from Mac App Store for grabbing private user data – “The several thousand glowing reviews that Adware Doctor had garnered prior to its removal were “likely fake”, researchers say”

David Harley

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