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Oops! This Android keyboard app accidentally leaked 31 million users’ personal details


31 million users of an Android keyboard app have had their email addresses, phone numbers, and precise location exposed through the sheer carelessness of the app’s developer.

As ZDNet reports, customisable keyboard app AI.type left a 577GB database of sensitive data on an unsecured server which was left completely accessible to anybody, no password required.

The customisable keyboard app, which has been downloaded from the Google Play store approximately 40 million times, stored information on a Mongo-hosted database that had not been properly secured to prevent unauthorised access.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that 31 million users of the app had been put at risk, one of the database tables discovered by researchers contained an astonishing 374.6 million phone numbers – collected by the app (for reasons best known to itself) after it uploaded users’ contacts from their smartphones.

Yet more information stored in the exposed database detailed the apps installed on each users’...(continued)

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