The MacPaw Ukrainian developer team has developed a new anti-spyware tool for macOS. Announced today, SpyBuster is an application that helps determine how other applications and websites are using your information.
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SpyBuster is a tool designed to help Ukrainian users determine where their data is going. Since misinformation is part of Russia’s strategy, the app filters all visited websites, as well as apps, and prevents information from being sent to Russia or Belarus. The app was originally designed to help Ukrainians protect their online data from Russian law enforcement. After developing the app, the company decided it was something that might appeal to Mac users all over the world.
SpyBuster looks for maliciousness in two ways. First, static analysis determined if any application or link is related to Russia or any other potentially threatening area. Dynamic analysis determines the behavior of the application or website. For example, SpyBuster can determine if a website is sending messages or writing files. From there, users can terminate the connection for that app or website.
Russia’s strict privacy laws
On MacPaw’s website, the company points out that Russia has some pretty awful privacy laws. In 2016, Russia began implementing federal bills No. 374-FZ and 375 FZ. These require all telecommunications companies to store the content of voice calls, data, images and text messages on Russian servers for at least six months. Metadata, including the time, location, and sender of messages, remains stored for three years. All online servers that implement encrypted data must provide access to the Federal Security Service.
This basically means that any Internet or telecommunications company must provide the Russian government with all information, even without a court order.
MacPaw is doing everything it can to help Ukraine. Regarding other help, besides the development of SpyBuster, the company lists several organizations to which individuals can donate their money. In the weeks before the war, the the company spent the weekends train staff in first aid. The company has also prepared emergency bags containing rations and emergency supplies for all its employees.
MacPaw also offers Ukrainian citizens and journalists covering the Russian invasion free access to its VPN service, Clear VPN.
SpyBuster is available for free at MacPaw website.