Is Android a Bit Too Social? Thousands of Apps May Be Leaking Private Information

Android apps may be a bit too social based on the findings reported by Digitizor.

Researcher Says That 8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information

A security researcher studied about 10,000 Android apps and found that 800 of the apps were providing private information to an unauthorized server. The same researcher (Neil Daswani, CTO for Dasient) found that 11 of the apps were sending unwanted (unauthorized?) SMS text messages.

Frank McPherson and I have been noting numerous Android app malware problems for the past several months. This new finding by Neil Daswani only adds to the growing list of security related issues in the Android app ecosystem. The Android Market had well over 200,000 apps by May of this year. If 8% of those apps are leaking potentially sensitive information, that would involve 16,000 apps.

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