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Tor Browser in Apple’s App Store Still Packed with Spyware and Adware

The Tor Browser in Apple’s app store is allegedly still packed with spyware and adware despite repeated complaints, according to Softpedia. The tech giant hasn’t yet removed the application that is said to be fake. Tor president Roger Dingledine is seeking help from experts in the security industry. 

“I mailed Window Snyder and Jon Callas to see if they can get us past the bureaucracy,” Tor Project’s co-founder Roger Dingledine said. “Otherwise I guess plan C is to get high-profile people on Twitter to ask Apple why it likes harming people who care about privacy. (I hope plan B works).”

Update: Bitdefender security researchers analyzed the Tor Browser in Apple’s app store and didn’t find spyware attempts. 

“The app uses Tor Project’s services and contains ads, as most of the free apps in the store,” Bitdefender Malware Researcher Tiberius Axinte said. “However, our analysis didn’t show that the app is also packed with spyware.”

Tor Browser in Apple’s App Store Still Packed with Spyware and Adware

Tor representatives have started three months ago to warn users that the browser hosted in Apple’s app store is fake. “Tor Browser in the Apple App Store is fake. It’s full of adware and spyware. Two users have called to complain. We should have it removed,” the ticket reads.

Tor Project’s creators first filed a complaint with Apple in December 2013 but the company said it will first give the developer a chance to defend the app.

Users are advised to avoid downloading the Tor Browser from Apple’s App Store.

The Tor Browser allows users to surf the internet more securely by encrypting Internet traffic and bouncing it for anonymity through a series of computers around the world.

This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Bitdefender Malware Researcher Tiberius AXINTE.

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Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.