Most of Your Mobile Apps Have Been Hacked

By Tony Kontzer
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"It's all about the apps." We've all heard this increasingly popular catchphrase, which has become a part of the lexicon of today's mobile-crazed society. But whereas those five words were once a declaration of the value apps brought to smartphones, they now could very easily carry a more sinister meaning because mobile apps have become a favorite target of cyber-criminals. Increasingly, mobile apps—in particular, those running on Google's Android operating systems—are where bad guys are doing their sneakiest work by attempting to hijack users' phones, and the data therein, using the very apps they've downloaded by choice. Such is the takeaway from a new study from app-security vendor Arxan Technologies. "With smartphones routinely collecting a treasure trove of personal information about their owners, Android and iOS users are key targets for cyber-criminals," warns Mike Dager, CEO of Arxan Technologies. "Both platforms show increases in security breaches, but the key insight is that mobile app developers can't afford to ignore Android vulnerabilities in particular, with close to 100 percent of Android apps getting hacked."

This article was originally published on 2015-01-16
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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