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Peel Smart Remote app has been secretly uploading user camera pictures to an unknown server

Peel Smart Remote app has been secretly uploading user camera pictures to an unknown server (Image source: Peel Technologies)
Peel Smart Remote app has been secretly uploading user camera pictures to an unknown server (Image source: Peel Technologies)
Android owners with app version 10.7.3.3 or older may want to update to the latest version whenever possible which addresses the breach. The actual developers, however, appear to be putting in no effort whatsoever to warn any of its users about the invasion of privacy.

According to mobile security company Pradeo, the Peel Smart Remote app in the Google Play Store has been surreptitiously uploading pictures from users' smartphones onto a server that does not belong to the app publisher. Worse yet, the source claims that this behavior was programmed onto the application itself to imply that it may not have been a security flaw at all.

Fortunately, the latest version on the Play Store (10.7.4.2) addresses the above issue and so only users with the older 10.7.3.3 version may be affected. The developers of the application, however, have made no wide-reaching announcements about its "accidental" image collecting to encourage existing users to update.

The Peel Smart Remote is a universal TV remote control app that also doubles as a TV guide for browsing shows and movies. The application has over 100 million installs as of this writing with many potentially still running on older versions of the software.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-04- 9 (Update: 2019-04- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.