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General News Top 5,000 free Android apps have security bugs in the back-end system: Report

Cybersecurity researchers have identified more than 1,600 vulnerabilities in the support ecosystem behind the top 5,000 free apps available in the Google Play Store. Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University researchers studied applications in the Google Play Store for the study. However, it is likely that iOS applications may share the same back-end systems. The report found vulnerabilities in the backend systems that feed content and advertising to smartphone applications.

These security bugs could allow hackers to break into databases that include personal information – and perhaps into users’ mobile devices. The study clarifies that the affected apps are spread across multiple categories. Researchers will present their findings at the 2019 USENIX Security Symposium.


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