About One Fifth Of Android Apps Exploit Private Data [REPORT]

The Android Market has about 48,000 applications as of right now, of which 20% of that number has access to sensitive and/or private information according to a report released this past week by SMobile Systems.

Some of these applications can make calls and send text messages without the mobile owner doing anything.  About 5% of the apps can make calls and 2% can send unknown SMS messages to premium numbers according to SMobile.

Many of these applications have the same type of sensitive information as spyware does including e-mails and text message content according to SMobile CTO Dan Hoffman.  Yikes.  Perhaps its time for Google to start closely monitoring applications that are submitted to their app store.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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