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Researchers Find More Than a Quarter of Android Apps Pose Data

Researchers say that more than a quarter of apps for Androids available through the Google Play store appear to pose potential security risks to users.

The researchers considered the apps to be questionable or suspicious if they had the capability to access personal information such as GPS data, phone calls and phone numbers. Users were led into allowing the apps to collect the data when they were installed; if users do not agree to the apps’ requests, the apps will not run on their devices. The practice appeared to be popular among games, entertainment, and wallpaper apps, despite the fact that those apps would seem to have little or no practical use for the information.

The researchers state specifically that these apps are not considered malware, simply that they pose a privacy risk to users.

http://www.informationweek.com/security/application-security/android-apps-fail-risk-assessment-check/240012652

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9233139/Security_research_labels_over_290_000_Google_Play_Android_apps_as_high_risk_?taxonomyId=17

Posted in Information Security.