Apple had reportedly removed several apps under Trend Micro’s developer account, including Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Cleaner, and Dr. Unarchiver for silently collecting information from the user’s system.

A number of researchers had found that the top-rated apps were hardcoded to exfiltrate user information such as browser history, serial number, and OS version.

One of the researchers, Privacy_1, further revealed that apps from Chinese developers such as Adware Doctor, Komros Adware Cleaner, Open Any Files and Adblock Master exhibited the same behavior.

TrendMicro, meanwhile, said that their apps merely collected browser snapshots for security purposes, but the behavior had been disclosed in the EULAs of each product.

 

Source: Bleeping Computer

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