SpyBuster for Mac from Ukrainian developer MacPaw warns users of software developed in Russia


Ukrainian developer MacPaw has released SpyBuster, a new Mac app that identifies software built by and reporting to “undesirable countries of origin” – like Russia. The app is free and can be downloaded from the MacPaw website.

Static analysis identifies applications with undesirable countries of origin, such as the Russian Federation and Belarus.

Find out why this can be potentially dangerous for your data.

SpyBuster also allows users to block these connections, which will prevent additional data from being sent overseas, where some countries’ privacy laws are less effective.

Russian companies have a large number of popular apps and services, including Telegram and other messaging apps. While this does not guarantee that apps will share your personal data and usage with their home base, in today’s world this is certainly possible. (After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, a Telegram representative denied that the company had any servers or developers in Russia.)

SkyBuster scans your system to identify the software you have installed, then tells you if any of them might be a problem. Its static analysis tool examines everything you have installed on your Mac, looking for links to countries like Russia or Belarus.

“Applications are classified as unwanted based on a verified list that we have collected ourselves, as well as by bundle ID and other characteristics,” MacPaw explains on its SpyBuster webpage.

Meanwhile, a dynamic analysis tool sits in the background, monitoring the behavior of your macOS software in real time. It monitors your Mac’s data flow, monitoring which servers (and countries) each app connects to. An “Unwanted Connections” pop-up will appear as soon as the app detects potentially unwanted activity, notifying you of the activity. It will then offer you the option to allow or deny the connection.

Sharing information with Russian software companies is dangerous to user privacy, due to a 2016 Russian law that requires Russian companies to store users’ sensitive information for six months – and the metadata that contains it. support for three years. Online services, such as courier services or email providers, are obligated to hand over data to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) whenever it wishes, without a court order being required.

SpyBuster is available as a free download from the SpyBuster webpage.


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