Capturing the phone’s IMSI number and MAC address, the leaked data could have made users trackable, potentially over their lifetimes, says Palo Alto Networks.
Mobile apps can pose certain risks even if the developers have no malicious intent in mind. Bugs or errors in the development phase can lead to certain problems, such as data leaks. Discovered by cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, two apps from Chinese tech company Baidu were found leaking certain data from the devices. A blog post published Tuesday describes the type of data being leaked and why such leaks can be hazardous.
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With the aid of machine learning (ML)-based spyware detection, researchers at Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 security arm found multiple Android apps on Google Play that were leaking data. In the lineup were Baidu Search Box and Baidu Maps, which together had been