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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 07 May 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 53 : "text" format

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How to Protect Your Privacy as More Apps Harvest Your Data Monty Solomon
Hundreds of Android apps are prime targets for hacking Monty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <FAD5474D-A6B1-4308-A1EE-2877207EAC19@roscom.com> Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 20:14:54 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: How to Protect Your Privacy as More Apps Harvest Your Data How to Protect Your Privacy as More Apps Harvest Your Data Most free online services will probably cost you some personal information, but a few simple tips can help stem the tide. In the real world, your personal life is a private space. But in tech, your personal data is a ripe resource for businesses to harvest in their own interests. That was the broad takeaway from last week's New York Times profile on Uber, the car-summoning service, and its chief executive, Travis Kalanick. Among other revelations, the report illuminated that to stay competitive, Uber bought information about its main American ride-hailing competitor, Lyft, from Unroll.me, a free email digest service. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/technology/personaltech/how-to-protect-your-privacy-as-more-apps-harvest-your-data.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <DB484AC6-CC17-4B7F-BC4C-7D78691668FF@roscom.com> Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 22:16:32 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Hundreds of Android apps are prime targets for hacking Hundreds of popular Android apps have open ports, making them prime targets for hacking A recent study found 956 potential exploits in Android apps that could allow data extraction, malware installs, and remote device control. Some of the affected apps have tens of millions of installs. By Brandon Vigliarolo A University of Michigan study found 410 Android apps in the Google Play store with open ports. Those 410 apps can be exploited in 956 different ways. While that may not seem like a lot of affected software, the downloads speak otherwise: Several are popular apps with between 10 and 50 million downloads. One even comes pre-installed on several devices. Security professionals are no stranger to open ports, and both their legitimate and nefarious uses. Opening ports allows software to reach beyond the corporate firewall, and vice-versa, but also leaves exploitable gaps in security. Those with malicious intent and the proper skills can use open ports to wreak havoc on a network. http://www.techrepublic.com/article/hundreds-of-popular-android-apps-have-open-ports-making-them-prime-targets-for-hacking/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 07 May 2017

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