Adware Doctor Removed From App Store
The “Adware Doctor” app was removed from the macOS App Store after Apple found out the software was sending users’ browser history to China.
The app sold for $4.99 and claimed to block pop-ups, secure your Mac, and find and remove cyber threats.
The app violated the App Store’s “Data Collection and Storage guidelines” by sending user data to servers in China. User information collected includes:
-Browser history for Chrome
-Browser history for Firefox
-Browser history for Safari
-Any software downloaded
The “Adware Doctor” app’s unsavory activity was discovered during an investigation by security researchers. They found that the app created a history.zip file that was protected by the password “webtool.”
This privacy breach serves as a reminder to Apple and Windows users alike that they need to be conscious of what apps are download and what information those apps are collecting. Even popular apps that rank well in the App Store can be a potential privacy threat.
Story via Tripwire