New Delhi, September 8:
Finally, Apple has removed Adware Doctor from the Mac App Store a popular anti-malware program that was allegedly stealing users data, it was reported a month ago by an unidentified cyber-security researcher, who is known as @privacy1st on Twitter. As per the researcher, the anti-malware program was collecting users’ browsing history and was sending it to servers in China.
The researcher has also made a video proof about the suspicious behaviour in the app, after which other cyber-security researchers Patrick Wardle of Digita Security and Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes investigated it, and found Privacy 1st claims as valid.
After the investigation, it was found that the programme used its elevated permissions to accumulate the browsing data from reputed browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari and sent them to servers in China via ‘adscan.yelabapp.com’ in a zipped filed called ‘history.zip’.
Prior to its removal, it was the number one paid app in its category and was priced at $5. It was known as security software to prevent malware and malicious files from infecting Mac, but it used its anti-adware credentials as a cover to bypass Apple’s sandboxing and gain access to users’ home directory.
Apple is yet to issue an official statement on the removal of Adware Doctor from the Mac App Store, but it is believed that it violated the company’s “Data Collection and Storage“ guidelines.