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Trend Micro apps fiasco generates even more questions

The saga surrounding Trend Micro apps being removed from the Mac App Store for gathering data inappropriately drags on, but the company’s latest admission raises even more questions.

In the latest update to its response to allegations that its Mac apps were stealing user data, Trend Micro admitted that it published another banned app — Open Any Files: RAR Support.

Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes Labs, had previously found the Open Any Files app — listed as being developed by Hao Wu — to be gathering the same data as the Trend Micro apps, transmitting that data to Trend Micro servers and promoting Trend Micro’s Dr. Antivirus app, which was one of the six Trend Micro apps banned initially by Apple. 

While the cybersecurity company based in Japan did not explain why it did not take ownership of the Open Any Files app before, Trend Micro admitted the app used “the same module” to collect browser history data as the other Trend Micro apps. As such, the company said it would “no longer publish or support this product.”

Reed found the admission interesting because Trend Micro had previously described Open Any Files as an affiliate app.

“I’m not sure who Hao Wu is. I had assumed it was someone who was abusing the Trend affiliate program to get paid for referrals to their apps. It’s very odd that Trend is now saying that they own that app,” Reed said via Twitter direct message. “Why would their own app use App Store affiliate links when linking to other apps they own?”

Reed added that Malwarebytes had found the Open Any Files app to be “very shady” and so he had been tracking it since December.

“[Promoting other Trend Micro apps] was its sole purpose. The other functionality it provided was extremely minimal, and it used [a] trick to get triggered any time the user opened an unfamiliar document type,” Reed said. “I’m not entirely sure what the point is. These are all junk apps that are a dime a dozen on the App Store. They really don’t provide much — if any — value to the user, in my opinion. I suspect the data collection was a primary goal, but that’s just a theory.”

When questioned about Open Any Files and the other Trend Micro apps, the company refused to answer and instead linked to the updated blog post, noting that it now has an FAQ and “will continue to be updated with other questions and answers.”

Reed said the company didn’t seem ready to talk about the issues with the Trend Micro apps for Mac, but they should have been because changes to the apps indicated they expected the controversy.

“One thing that is striking is their claim about displaying [an end-user license agreement] that the user has to agree to. That was not the case in any of our testing, which actually started back in December, and was repeated several times right up to just before publication of our article,” Reed said. “Someone on Twitter posted a couple screenshots… before September 7 and after September 7. Before, no EULA. After, the EULA appeared. They knew this was coming, and their response was to add a EULA rather than remove the data exfiltration code.”

For Sale – Gainward GTX 1070 GS

for sale is my Gainward gtx 1070 Golden sample

the cards front shroud was removed to be spray painted white to go with my build
the cards LED strip one led flickers when set to gpu temp etc but works fine when set to red this could be easly fixed by someone whos handy with a soldering iron apart from this the card is in tip top condition has never been overclocked and has had a pretty easy life

Price and currency: £230
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Location: Glasgow
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For Sale – Gainward GTX 1070 GS

for sale is my Gainward gtx 1070 Golden sample

the cards front shroud was removed to be spray painted white to go with my build
the cards LED strip one led flickers when set to gpu temp etc but works fine when set to red this could be easly fixed by someone whos handy with a soldering iron apart from this the card is in tip top condition has never been overclocked and has had a pretty easy life

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For Sale – Gainward GTX 1070 GS

for sale is my Gainward gtx 1070 Golden sample

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Wanted – Budget 1155 bundle – or similar

Hi mate

If you are still looking I have another combination available, I’ve just removed these from another PC I built for my mate (He’s upgrading)

Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard socket 1155 with back plate
Intel i3 3220 CPU
2 x 4Gb (8Gb Total) Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz Ram
Arctic Pro 7 V2 Cooler

Price would be £110 all in or could substitute the ram from the other combo I offered you 2 x 2Gb (4GB total) Corsair DDR3 ram and do £85 inc ?

Again the cooler would be removed for shipping.

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Samsung evo 850 500gb SSD (2.5”)

Sold my desktop pc recently (see feedback) but buyer didn’t need the extra SSD so removed to sell separately

Does what it says on the tin!

Price and currency: 85
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Samsung evo 850 500gb SSD (2.5”)

3 x WD Red 3TB (£60 each or £170 for all 3)

3 x WD Red 3TB recently removed from a NAS.

No warranty remaining on any of them but no issues as per HD Tune screenshots attached.

£60 each or £170 for all 3.

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3 x WD Red 3TB (£60 each or £170 for all 3)

Gigabyte Z270-GAMING K3

For sale is my Gigabyte Z270-GAMING K3. I removed this from my working system which I paired with an i7 6700.

It comes with the original packaging including the I/O shield, disc, manuals and a couple of SATA cables.

Looking for £75 delivered

Manufacturer’s page: GA-Z270-Gaming K3 (rev. 1.0) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global

Price and currency: 70
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Gigabyte Z270-GAMING K3

3 x WD Red 3TB

3 x WD Red 3TB recently removed from a NAS.

No warranty remaining on any of them but no issues as per HD Tune screenshots attached.

£65 each or £180 for all 3.

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3 x WD Red 3TB

Samsung evo 850 500gb SSD (2.5”)

Sold my desktop pc recently (see feedback) but buyer didn’t need the extra SSD so removed to sell separately

Does what it says on the tin!

Price and currency: 85
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer
Location: Leeds
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Samsung evo 850 500gb SSD (2.5”)