Apple has removed an app called Adware Doctor:Anti Malware &Ad from the macOS App Store following claims it sent users’ browser histories to a remote server in China.
The app’s misbehavior was first noted by a security researcher who goes by name Privacyis1st on Twitter and claims to have alerted Apple to the weirdness in early August. What’s more, this appears not to be an isolated incident: Malwarebytes on Friday noted that several different macOS App Store apps have been spotted siphoning off folks’ data.
Another security researcher, Patrick Wardle, working in conjunction with Privacyis1st, published an analysis of Adware Doctor on Friday, which appears to have encouraged Apple to take action.
By Thomas Claburn
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