Marco Rubio wants Apple to shed light on data-stealing Mac app

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Rubio is upset about a Mac app that was found to be sending user data to China.
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio isn’t happy about Mac apps. Specifically, he’s not happy about Mac apps stealing user data and sending it off to remote servers in China. And he’s perhaps most unhappy that Apple failed to act sooner than it did.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Rubio voiced his complaints to Apple CEO Tim Cook. In it, he asked why Apple failed to immediately act upon information it had about an app, Adware Doctor, which was behaving in a malicious manner.

Apple removes Mac apps which are stealing user data

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Problematic apps were stealing user data and sending it to remote servers.
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Apple has removed a series of apps from the Mac App Store after they were found to be accessing users’ private data and sending it to remote servers. The apps in question include Adware Doctor, Open Any Files: RAR Support, Dr. Antivirus, and Dr. Cleaner.

The apps duped users into giving them access to their macOS home directories by promising to perform functions such as scanning for viruses or clearing caches. By accessing the home directory, they were then able to gain access to information about users’ browsing history, and more.

Top Mac app steals your browsing history and sends it to China

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If you've downloaded Adware Doctor, you may want to reconsider!
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A top paid app in the Mac App Store has been revealed as stealing the browser histories of anyone who downloads and uses it.

Adware Doctor is among the top grossing paid apps in the App Store’s utilities category. According to a report by TechCrunch, Apple was warned about the data pilfering several weeks ago, although it has still not pulled the app.

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Steve Jobs on the cover of Time magazine in 1982.
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With macOS Mojave, Apple gives Mac some much-needed love

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High Sierra is dead. Long live macOS Mojave!
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Developers received an early look at macOS 10.14 today, which bears the far-less-silly-than-last-year’s-High-Sierra name “Mojave.” After what Craig Federighi called a “four year mountain bender” Apple’s heading to the desert for its next-gen Mac OS.

For its 2018 iteration, Apple is introducing a dark mode, some nifty Finder updates, added privacy, and an all new, redesigned Mac App Store. Here’s what you need to know.

Fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta lands for developers

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There's a new beta out for Macs.
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Apple seeded a new beta build to developers today with the release of macOS 10.13.3 beta 5.

The new beta comes a week after Apple dropped the fourth beta build on developers, bringing with it a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements.

Today in Apple history: Apple preps for Mac App Store’s big debut

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The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
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November 3: Today in Apple history: Mac App Store launchNovember 3, 2010: Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store, publicly accepting app submissions from registered developers — and kicking off a gold rush among coders.

After witnessing the enormous sums of money raked in by early entrants in the iOS App Store, developers flood Apple with new Mac apps.