Trend Micro tools removed from Mac App Store over "data exfiltration" claims

Trend Micro tools removed from Mac App Store over

Trend Micro tools removed from Mac App Store over "data exfiltration" claims

A popular top-tier app in Apple's Mac App Store was found pilfering browser histories from anyone who downloads it.

Adware Doctor and Komros Adware Cleaner (same developer behind them), Open Any Files and Adblock Master relied on the same technique to lift the information from users. At least a handful of apps available for Mac users that ask for that permission are using that access to steal user data such as browsing history and then upload that history to analytics servers. "Selecting "Scan" launched an open dialog with the home directory selected, this is how the app gets access to a user's home directory, which it needs in order to collect the history files from browsers." the report noted.

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro has apologized after its Mac apps were found collecting browser histories from people's computers.

The apps have been reported to Apple since at mid-August and are now removed from the Mac App Store.

Updated A bunch of Trend Micro anti-malware tools have vanished from Apple's Mac App Store - after they were spotted harvesting and siphoning off users' browser histories.

But Reed said on Twitter that he kept archived copies of the apps, and he did not find any in-app notifications about data collection.

Apps distributed by a developer called "Trend Micro, Inc." on the App Store have been caught doing the same thing. However, Apple seems to have failed to do its job properly here.

Apple has already removed certain Apps such as Adware Doctor from their App store, and is expected to pull others from the App store immediately.

Nevertheless, Trend Micro has made a decision to remove the browser history collecting capability from all the company's Mac apps.

The apps in question include Dr. Unarchiver and Dr. Although China is not getting your data from Trend Micro, the firm still had some major trust issues to address.

Logs of user browser history, previously held for three months, have now been deleted. Cleaner, Dr. Battery, and two others called Dr. Unarchiver and Duplicate Finder, should've refrained from collecting browser histories.

Finally, the company identified what it claimed to be a "core issue which is humbly the result of common code libraries", learning the data collection functionality was designed the same across all of its apps regardless of whether this was necessary for the app to work. "Apple reviews each app before it's accepted by the store, and if there's ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly remove it from the store".

Reed is telling Mac owners to be wary of unnecessary apps.

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