Famous Android apps ‘leak’ personal details, research says
BBC News reports that¬†at least¬†183 million app users are at high risk of personal identity theft including emails,¬†social¬†media passwords and confidential bank details because the tested¬†Android¬†apps failed to secure and¬†scramble¬†the attack, making it easier for the attacker to gain access of the private data.
The attackers¬†have created a ¬†fake wi-fi hotspot and using a specially created attack tool to spy on the data the apps sent via that route, the researchers were able to:
- Access¬†the login information such as emails, social media passwords, notes and online bank accounts.
- Disable anti-virus or any installed security program or even fooling the user into¬†labeling¬†secure apps as infected
- Inject computer code into the data stream that made apps carry out specific commands
The risk is so high that an attacker could even use the app to request ¬†money transfer that seemed legit without the knowledge of the user.
The alarming situation is that users are addicted to these fancy apps,¬†which have been downloaded millions of time, according to the researchers.
The researchers tested some most famous and used apps in Google’s Play store, however there hasn’t been any¬†statement¬†by Google over the research and its results.
In past I wrote about securing your¬†Android¬†phones by using the right security¬†programs¬†at the right time, you can go¬†through¬†the article once again here, download & install the correct solution.
Happy Androiding and safe browsing.