Menu
Fake Tor app has been sitting in Apple's App Store for months, Tor Project says

Fake Tor app has been sitting in Apple's App Store for months, Tor Project says

Apple has not removed the fake app so far despite being notified in December, Tor developers say

For the past several months Tor developers have unsuccessfully been trying to convince Apple to remove from its iOS App Store what they believe to be a fake and potentially malicious Tor Browser application.

The issue came into the public spotlight Wednesday when people involved in the Tor Project, which develops the Tor anonymity software, took to Twitter to make their concerns heard.

Runa A. Sandvik, a staff technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology who's also involved in the Tor Project, said on Twitter, "Dear Apple, please take down the fake #Tor Browser Bundle you have in your App Store."

Sandvik pointed to an entry on the Tor Project's bug tracker where the third-party app has been discussed by Tor developers since December.

"Tor Browser in the Apple App Store is fake," the entry's description reads. "It's full of adware and spyware. Two users have called to complain. We should have it removed."

According to subsequent messages on the bug tracker, a complaint was filed with Apple on Dec. 26 and the company reportedly responded on Jan. 3 saying it will give a chance to the app's developer to defend it.

More than two months later, the Tor Browser app created by a developer named Ronen is available still in the App Store. It was last updated on Nov. 6 and only one of the three customer reviews so far includes a complaint about how ads are being displayed, with the reviewer noting that the app is very good at what it does otherwise.

The discussion continued in the weeks that followed on the Tor Project bug tracker, with developers proposing contacting Apple employees directly and public "naming and shaming" as possible courses of action.

"I mailed Window Snyder and Jon Callas to see if they can get us past the bureaucracy," Tor Project Leader Roger Dingledine said Wednesday on the bug tracker using his developer handle arma. "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.)"

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags ApplesecurityTOR Projectspywareprivacy

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments