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Android security risks with Skype

Written on April 17, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Always be careful what you download, Android users.

Skype announced on Friday that the user data from its Android app may be vulnerable if its users unsuspectingly installs a ‘malicious’ third party app to their device.

Christina Warren of Mashable reports that just last month, “Google removed 21 apps from the Android Market after the blog Android Police alerted the company that the apps contained malware and were being used to collect user data.

“After removing the apps from the store, Google also invoked a kill switch to remove them from the phones of users who had the misfortune of downloading the junk,” writes Warren.

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Skype for Android, Unable to Protect Your Personal Information from Hackers

Written on April 15, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Android users got another thing to worry about, as Android Police unveils that the Skype app can easily give away personal information with little effort from hackers.

Android Police has unveiled that Skype’s Android app client is vulnerable to hacks, thus potentially leading to massive personal information leaks once the right people starts prying into it. According to security website, Skype neglected to encrypt and enforce permissions on its SQLite3 databases, the place where personal informations and chat logs are stored.

Android Police subjected the Skype for Android app under a security test using it’s own rogue app, Skypwned. And – wow – did the app work like a charm, as it was able to gather personal information without the need for root or special information — just a username. According to the website, Skype is now investigating the situation, so expect some updates about the issue soon.

For the meantime, checkout the video demo from Android Police on its successful attempt in getting information from Skype after the break.

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