Android phone users are careful, 100 million app users are in danger of forgetting the developers
The recent leak of users’ personal data has become an integral part of the tech world. Often such news comes before us. This time very sensational information came out about this. A report on Thursday revealed that the personal information of more than 100 million Android users has been leaked by mobile app developers due to the incorrect configuration of third-party cloud services. Personal information published due to this incorrect configuration includes email, chat messages, location, passwords, and photos.
Researchers at CheckPoint Research (CPR) recently analyzed data from 23 Android apps, with each app downloading between 10,000 and 10 million. Researchers have discovered that in the past few months, many app developers have disclosed the personal data of millions of users without following the proper rules when configuring and integrating third-party cloud services into their applications. This has not only made users’ personal information insecure but also leaked a lot of confidential information to app developers. This includes all the internal resources of the developers, such as update mechanisms, storage, etc.
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Among the Android applications that researchers have found this incorrect configuration are Logo Maker, Astro Guru, T’Leva. CPR researchers claim that Astro Guru’s username, date of birth, gender, location, email, and payment details are in grave danger at the moment. Taxi app T’Leva, on the other hand, has more than 50,000 users whose full names, phone numbers, and other information (including destination and pick-up) could be invaluable. Also, the data of other applications like screen recorder and iFax is also insecure.
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Researchers warn that if a hacker gains access to all of this data, there is a high risk of service swipes, fraud, or even identity theft. The good news, however, is that CPR has already notified Google of these apps, and some apps have even changed their configuration to protect their own and their users’ data.