Apple removes a top paid utility app that stole data and sent it back to China

Apple just removed its number one paid utility in the Mac App Store, Adware Doctor, after it was found to be secretly recording users’ app data and browser history and sending it back to a server located in China, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

Apple was notified a month ago by a security researcher, but it only removed the app today. From looks alone, the app appeared legit, with plenty of five-star ratings and approval from Apple. It was listed alongside vetted apps like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X.

Adware Doctor was supposed to scan Mac computers for malware and remove suspicious files. It originally pretended to be a dupe of Malwarebytes’ Adware Medic app, and Apple removed it from…

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