The data of more than 100 million users of Android devices can be disclosed due to different errors in third-party cloud service settings used by mobile applications. Specialists from the Check Point Research company operating in the field of information security came to this conclusion after the relevant study.
According to reports, specialists have studied 23 popular applications for Android devices. As a result, they concluded that various kinds of errors in setting up cloud services that use these applications can lead to potential disclosure of personal data tens of millions of users. We are talking about emails, messages in chat rooms, passwords, photos, etc.
Specialists managed to access Confidential data users 13 Android applications, the number of downloads of each of which ranges from 10 thousand to 10 million. Push-notifications and cloud storage keys built into several applications were also discovered. As for the applications themselves that can potentially become a source of data leakage, then products like Screen Recorder, Logo Maker, Astro Guru, T’leva are given as examples.
Researchers recommend that users carefully approach the applications that they use on their Android smartphones. It is also recommended to use a software solution for protecting confidential information capable of tracking the activity of different processes in real time, preventing potential leaks.