September 29, 2016

Free Android apps Steal Personal Data; Send it to China

According to Computerworld, between one and four million users of Android phones have downloaded wallpaper apps that take personal data from the phone and transmit it to a Chinese-owned server.

Over 80 wallpaper apps created by a pair of developers — “callmejack” and “IceskYsl@1sters!” — include code that accesses users’ personal data, said Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer and a co-founder of Lookout, a San Francisco-based mobile security company.

A large number of free wallpaper apps in the Android Market scrape the phone number; the user-specific subscriber identifier, also know as the IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity); the phone’s SIM card’s serial number; and the currently-entered voicemail number from the phone.

That information is then transmitted to a server that Internet records show is registered to a resident of Shenzhen, a city in China’s Guangdong province, just north of Hong Kong.

Source: [Computerworld]

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