Android Wallpaper App that Steals Your Data Was Downloaded by Millions

Discussion in 'Technology News' started by gagan007, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. gagan007

    gagan007 Uhu, Not Gonna Happen!

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
    Messages:
    1,132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Bangalore
    The app in question came from Jackeey Wallpaper, and it was uploaded to the Android Market, where users can download it and use it to decorate their phones that run the Google Android operating system. It includes branded wallpapers from My Little Pony and Star Wars, to name just a couple.

    Update: Lookout notes it does not capture browsing history and text messages: It collects your browsing history, text messages, your phone’s SIM card number, subscriber identification, and even your voicemail password, as long as it is programmed automatically into your phone. It sends the data to a web site, imnet[dot]us. That site is evidently owned by someone in Shenzhen, China. The app has been downloaded anywhere from 1.1 million to 4.6 million times. The exact number isn’t known because the Android Market doesn’t offer precise data. The search through the data showed that Jackeey Wallpaper and another developer known as iceskysl@1sters! (which could possibly be the same developer, as they use similar code) were collecting personal data. The wallpaper app asks for permission to access your “phone calls,” but that isn’t necessarily a clear warning.

    The Lookout executives found the questionable app as part of their App Genome Project. Lookout is a mobile security firm, and it logged data from more than 100,000 free Android and iPhone apps as part of the project to analyze how apps behave. It found that the apps access your personal data quite often. On Android, each user is asked if they give their permission to access an app, but on the iPhone, where Apple approves apps, no permission is needed.

    Roughly 47 percent of Android apps access some kind of third-party code, while 23 percent of iPhone apps do. The executives also found that many apps use third-party software programs to do things such as feed ads into an app. Often, developers unquestioningly use the software development kits of those third parties in their apps, even if they don’t know what they do. In many cases, there is a good reason for the use of personal information. Ads, for instance, can be better targeted if the app knows a user’s location.

    Read More Here:

    What could I say...disadvantages of open source!!!!
     
  2. Faun

    Faun Wahahaha~! Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    9,874
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Pune/there
    not necessarily a disadvantage.
     
  3. topgear

    topgear Fast 'N' Furious Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,687
    Likes Received:
    65
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Geek's Heaven
    Google Suspends Android Wallpaper Apps

    Source
     

Share This Page