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Android apps 'leak' personal data

2012-10-22 14:52

Cape Town – Millions of people are using Android apps that can be tricked into revealing personal data, research said.

Scientists tested 13 500 Android apps and found almost 8% failed to protect bank account and social media logins.

These apps failed to implement standard scrambling systems, allowing "man-in-the-middle" attacks to reveal data that passes back and forth when devices communicate with websites.

Google has yet to comment on the research and its findings.

Researchers from the security group at the University of Leibniz in Hanover and the computer science department at the Philipps University of Marburg tested the most popular apps in Google's Play store.

– For the full article visit BBC.

Comments
  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-22 16:13

    Just make sure you got some Eset mobile security software on your android devce!

  • BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-10-22 17:07

    "By creating a fake wi-fi hotspot and using a specially created attack tool to spy on the data the apps sent via that route..." Thus, to avoid this risk, don't connect your phone to a risky WiFi network.

  • mkete.benedict - 2012-10-22 21:58

    Better Be careful bout wat U R usin Ur foun 4...

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