(The Hosting News) – Are things getting sketchy with Android apps? According to a Monday report from the BBC, a group of scientists were recently able to pinpoint characteristics of applications running on the mobile OS that make data accessible to would-be hackers.
To administer their study, researchers from schools including the Philipps University of Marburg and the University of Leibniz test analyzed 13,500 applications.
The astounding result? Eight percent of the apps were found vulnerable – fully capable of leaking data related to logins either with bank accounts or social media, the BBC noted.
“Many Android apps have a legitimate need to communicate over the Internet and are then responsible for protecting potentially sensitive data during transit. This paper seeks to better understand the potential security threats posed by benign Android apps that use the SSL/TLS protocols to protect data they transmit,” explained the researchers.
Fake wi-fi hotspots were setup to carry out the test and apps included in the Google Play Store were used for testing. Researchers were then able to capture login details, disable security, and inject malicious coding.
So how do you fight against the problem? The researchers have introduced a software tool called MalloDroid, capable of detecting potential vulnerabilities. In addition to integrating the tool into app installers, the computer scientists recommended better permissions and policies, visual security feedback and enforced certificate checking among other measures.