As many as 256 apps in the Apple store have been identified by security analysts as secretly gathering iPhone users’ emails addresses, serial numbers and other personal information that can be used to track and monitor users. There is a tight vetting process in place in the app store, however security analysts from Source DNA have said that even individual app developers are unlikely to know about the data collecting done by their apps, since the information is sent only to the creator of the software development kit used to deliver ads in these apps.
Most of the affected apps were based in China, with ad providers such as Youmi being caught siphoning off the data of thousands of people. Researchers estimate that once million people have downloaded the risky apps.
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SOURCE: Mahumita Murgia writing for the Daily Telegraph