Popular android apps leaking private passwords, Credit card data

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Apollo 13, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    http://mashable.com/2012/10/22/android-apps-leaking-security-data/

    another link on the subject http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20025973
     
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  3. macrumors 601

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    That's what "man in the middle" attacks are and demonstrates that any publicly accessible wifi network could be used to steal data.

    There was actually a book I read where somebody stole information from people using a wifi network in his cafe and then used sensitive information to blackmail people. Fiction, but entirely possible :p
     
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    yep, and if an iPhone user uses the same public Wi-Fi network, they are just as vulnerable. anyone that uses a public Wi-Fi without precautions are begging for a virus.
     
  5. macrumors 601

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    Where can I find the results of your study? Or are you just taking a wild guess? ;)
     
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    Here is an older article regarding man-in-the-middle attacks agains all smartphones: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/man-in-the-middle-attacks-demoed-on-4-smartphones/4922

    I haven't found anything more recent. The recent article mentioned by the OP is about Android phones and these attacks focused specifically on Android. There is no mention of whether any other type of smartphones were researched.
     

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