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Popular Android Apps Leak User Data via Third-Party SDKs

Popular mobile applications that use third-party, ready-to-go advertising Software Development Kits (SDKs) expose user data by transmitting it over the insecure HTTP protocol, Kaspersky Lab warns.

While analyzing popular dating apps, the security firm discovered that user data is often transmitted unencrypted when SDKs from popular advertising networks are used. With some of the apps having several billion installations worldwide, security flaws put a gigantic amount of private data at risk.

Consisting of development tools and often provided free of charge, SDKs allow app developers to immediately include some capabilities into their apps and save time while focusing on other, more important elements. However, it also means that developers don’t know that the used code may contain security issues.

The advertising SDKs were designed to collect user data to show relevant ads and help developers monetize their product.

These kits would send the collected data to the domains...(continued)

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