A number of applications on Apple’s Mac App Store are secretly gathering user data and uploading it to analytics servers.
Popular applications including Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Cleaner, and others distributed by developer “Trend Micro, Inc.” collect and upload the user’s browser history from Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox onto their servers via access to the macOS home directory.
There is also a clear violation of Apple’s rules and app store by Adware Doctor because the application is skipping the macOS sandbox, which prevents apps from accessing data from other applications.
Apple had been alerted to this situation for some time but chose not to take the app from its store. Now with new evidence that Adware Doctor application is actually breaking the rules and stealing user data, hence, now the well-known security application Adware Doctor was eventually removed from the store and is not available.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.