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Beware Of These Scam Apps On The Mac

After Eleftheriou’s investigation, developer Jeff Johnson also looked into the issue and found My Metronome is a Russian address from the developer behind Music Paradise LLC. Also, another Mac developer named Groove Vibes is registered at the same address and also offers apps with similar dubious credentials. Once a connection is established between two sketchy developers, Anger did an experiment by downloading and installing apps that both offer. This includes Music Paradise’s second app, “Music Paradise Player”, and all apps offered by Groove Vibes.

Apparently, some of the apps offered by Groove Vibes worked as expected, allowing users to close them using the “Quit” option in the menu bar as well as the Command+Q keyboard shortcut. However, a few of the developer’s other apps and Music Paradise’s music player app featured the same functionality as My Metronome, disabling the “Quit” option in the menu bar and hotkeys to prevent users from force quitting apps . However, users can still close apps using an “X” button in the app window or other in-app links.

None of the apps mentioned above are considered real ransomware because they do not completely lock down the machine. However, they are incredibly dark about how they work, and Apple needs to expose these developers before they can fix this and restore people’s trust in the Mac App Store. Apple has yet to comment on the latest controversies, but it will be interesting to see what it has to say about the online scam. Match The App Store is out in the open.

Source: Costa Eleftheriou/Twitter, Edoardo Vacchi/Twitter, Jeff Johnson/TwitterAnger


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Beware Of These Scam Apps On The Mac

Following Eleftheriou’s investigation, developer Jeff Johnson also looked into the issue and found that the developer behind My Metronome, Music Paradise LLC, has a Russian address. What’s more, another Mac developer called Groove Vibes is registered at the same address and also offers apps with similar questionable credentials. Once a connection was established between the two sketchy developers, The Verge conducted an experiment by downloading and installing the apps offered by both of them. That included Music Paradise’s second app ‘Music Paradise Player’ as well as all apps offered by Groove Vibes.
As it turned out, some of the apps offered by Groove Vibes worked as expected, allowing users to close them using the ‘Quit’ option from the menu bar, as well as through the Command+Q keyboard shortcut. However, a few of the other apps from the developer and Music Paradise’s music player app showed the same properties as My Metronome, greying out the ‘Quit’ option on the menu bar and disabling the keyboard shortcuts to stop users from force closing the apps. However, users could still close the apps using either an ‘X’ button on the app window or other in-app links.
None of the apps mentioned above qualify as genuine ransomware because they do not lock up the machine entirely. However, they are incredibly shady in how they operate, and Apple needs to address this situation and reprimand these developers so that it can restore people’s faith in the Mac App Store. Apple has yet to release a statement on the latest controversy, but it will be interesting to see what it has to say about the scams being run on the Mac App Store in broad daylight.
Source: Kosta Eleftheriou/Twitter, Edoardo Vacchi/Twitter, Jeff Johnson/Twitter, The Verge

#Beware #Scam #Apps #Mac

Beware Of These Scam Apps On The Mac

Following Eleftheriou’s investigation, developer Jeff Johnson also looked into the issue and found that the developer behind My Metronome, Music Paradise LLC, has a Russian address. What’s more, another Mac developer called Groove Vibes is registered at the same address and also offers apps with similar questionable credentials. Once a connection was established between the two sketchy developers, The Verge conducted an experiment by downloading and installing the apps offered by both of them. That included Music Paradise’s second app ‘Music Paradise Player’ as well as all apps offered by Groove Vibes.
As it turned out, some of the apps offered by Groove Vibes worked as expected, allowing users to close them using the ‘Quit’ option from the menu bar, as well as through the Command+Q keyboard shortcut. However, a few of the other apps from the developer and Music Paradise’s music player app showed the same properties as My Metronome, greying out the ‘Quit’ option on the menu bar and disabling the keyboard shortcuts to stop users from force closing the apps. However, users could still close the apps using either an ‘X’ button on the app window or other in-app links.
None of the apps mentioned above qualify as genuine ransomware because they do not lock up the machine entirely. However, they are incredibly shady in how they operate, and Apple needs to address this situation and reprimand these developers so that it can restore people’s faith in the Mac App Store. Apple has yet to release a statement on the latest controversy, but it will be interesting to see what it has to say about the scams being run on the Mac App Store in broad daylight.
Source: Kosta Eleftheriou/Twitter, Edoardo Vacchi/Twitter, Jeff Johnson/Twitter, The Verge

#Beware #Scam #Apps #Mac


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