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Skype For Android Security Flaw Exposes Millions Of Users' Personal Data

submitted on April 15, 2011 by orangearrows in "Products / Gadgets"
I guess it's mostly VERIZON Android customers since they were allowed SKYPE on their phones.

The ten million users of Skype for Android are vulnerable to a hack that reveals a huge amount of personal data, Android Police reports.

The site uncovered a way a hacker might use a rogue app to access personal information stored by Skype--including full name, phone number, email address and contact list. Basically, the app has an SQLite3 database where information is stored, but the files are unencrypted without enforced permissions, letting an app find them. Android Police created an app called Skypwned to demonstrate the extent of the problem.

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    Posted by orangearrows on April 15, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Another article on that

    Skype on Android Might Be One of the Least Secure Apps on the Planet

    The over 10 million users of the standard Skype app in the Android market may be leaving their personal information wide open for a potential hacker to easily peruse. According to our friends over at Android Police, Skype is leaving your contacts, profile, instant message logs, and more without encryption or proper permissions. Actually, that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg here. All of your friends’ information, cell phone number, date of birth, etc. etc. can all be exposed without much work by even a novice hacker.

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