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Poor data management put 100 million Android users at risk

The personal data of over 100 million Android users may have been exposed due to poor data management practices. (Image via Android with edits)
The personal data of over 100 million Android users may have been exposed due to poor data management practices. (Image via Android with edits)
Check Point Software Technologies, a security research firm, reports that 23 apps on the Google Play Store may have exposed the personal data of over 100 million users. The data leaks are the result of poor practices with regard to data management and syncing with cloud databases.

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Over 100 million Android users had their data exposed due to faulty database configurations in multiple popular apps on the Google Play Store.

According to security research company Check Point Software, 23 apps mishandled user data through poor implementation of real-time data syncing.

Affected apps include lifestyle software including Astro Guru, iFax, Screen Recorder, and others. Some of these apps have over 10 million downloads.

Check Point states the main problem is a poor implementation of data storage, primarily with cloud-oriented databases and data syncs. Check Point also claims that these oversights may have leaked personal user data, including phone numbers, browser history, locations, and more.

Check Point researchers were able to exploit some apps to capture user information themselves with relative ease, pointing to major weak points that malicious parties could take advantage of. Some of these weak points could even allow bad actors to send phishing messages while posing as the app developer.

What do you think about the poor data management practices exposed by Check Point? Let us know in the comments.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2021-05-25 (Update: 2021-05-25)