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. Moreover, another Mac developer called Groove Vibes is registered at the same address and also offers apps with similar dubious credentials. Once the connection is established between the two sketchy developers, The edge conducted an experiment by downloading and installing the apps offered by both. This included Music Paradise’s second app, “Music Paradise Player”, as well as all apps offered by Groove Vibes.

Some of the apps offered by Groove Vibes turned out to work as expected, allowing users to close them using the “Quit” option in the menu bar, as well as via the Command + Q keyboard shortcut. However, a few of the developer’s other apps and Music Paradise’s music player app displayed the same properties as My Metronome, graying out the “Exit” option in the menu bar and disabling hotkeys to prevent users to force quit apps. However, users can still close apps using an “X” button on the app window or other in-app links.

None of the apps mentioned above are considered real ransomware, as they do not fully lock down the machine. However, the way they work is incredibly shady and Apple needs to fix this and reprimand these developers in order to restore people’s trust 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 ongoing scams on the mac App Store in broad daylight.

Source: Kosta Eleftheriou/Twitter, Edoardo Vacchi/Twitter, Jeff Johnson/TwitterThe edge


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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

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